Social Security Disability denial

Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Appealing a Denied Claim

by Norris Injury Lawyers | April 21st, 2015

You’ve been struggling for months to make ends meet after being left unable to work due to an injury or medical condition. Then, you receive an envelope in the mail. It’s from the Social Security Administration. You had applied for benefits months ago and were awaiting a decision ever since.

Unfortunately, more than six out of every ten Social Security Disability claims are denied—meaning there’s a greater chance your claim will be denied than approved.

But the Social Security Disability lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers say there is hope with the appeals process. Our attorneys explain that if you receive a Social Security Disability denial, you have a legal right to file an appeal.

According to the Social Security Administration, there are four steps to the appeals process. First, an adjustor will reconsider your claim. If they still feel like you don’t deserve benefits, you can have your case reviewed by an administrative judge. If the denial stays, your case may be heard before a panel of judges before being considered by a federal judge.

An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can help ensure your rights are protected during the appeals process. At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are ready to help. Feel free to call us anytime at (888) 318-4245 for a free case consultation.


Video Conferencing Expected in One-Third of Social Security Disability Appeals Hearings in 2015

by Norris Injury Lawyers | March 3rd, 2015

The Birmingham Social Security Disability (SSD) attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that when a denial is issued on an SSD claim, a disabled worker has the right to file an appeal of the decision. However, the wait time for an appeal hearing can be long.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is working to alleviate these wait times by implementing a new way to hold appeals hearings. Now, disabled workers can utilize video conferencing technology to attend appeals hearings, and the idea seems to be successful.

SSA data indicates that a total of 171,475 appeals hearings were held via video conference in the United States in 2014. That’s around 28 percent of all hearings. Handling cases this way has allowed the SSA to reduce their appeals backlog by as many as 500,000 cases, and the agency is hoping to increase the number of video conferences by two percent in 2015.

Having your hearing held via video conference could save you a significant amount of time and money, depending on where you live. Speaking with a qualified legal representative may help you determine the best course of action for your SSD claim.

Contact our Birmingham personal injury lawyers anytime—just dial (888) 318-4245.