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Filing Disability Claims: Germani & Germani, P.C.

Social Security Disability Claims

The help of a Social Security Disability attorney may greatly improve your chances of approval, get you approved more quickly, and potentially increase the benefits amount you are awarded. Because of that, it is important to choose an attorney who has experience in this field of law.

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits it is necessary for you to file an initial application with your local Social Security Office. Social Security requires that you provide a detailed accounting of your daily life, both before and after your disability, and obtain medical records and reports from all physicians you have been treated by and from all medical facilities you have been treated at; and also provide Social Security with an extensive medical history, including list of medications, and types of medical treatment. This coordination of the application with medical records and reports is required, but can be frustrating and confusing. Also, on many occasions Social Security will require you to see a doctor of their choosing and we will prepare you for this meeting.

It is not unusual, in fact it is quite common, for Social Security disability benefits to be denied at both the initial application and at the reconsideration stages; in which case the next step is to file for an appeal.

There are many reasons for initial denial and denial at the reconsideration stages of your Social Security Disability Application. The major reason being that Social Security has determined that your disability does not prevent you from performing all types of work. Social Security will assess a claimant's residual functional capacity, and use this as a further reason for denial. Social Security can also deny your claim if they determine that your medical records/documentation are incomplete or inadequate. They can also deny your claim if a doctor of their choice determines that your own doctor's medical opinion is incorrect, unclear, or unsubstantiated.

If your initial application has been denied, there is no question that your should appeal the initial determination of the Social Security Administration, and the attorneys here at Germani & Germani, P.C. can help you with the complicated and confusing appeals process.

There are multiple steps of appeal for any disability claim.

First is Reconsideration.

A Request for Reconsideration must be made by you within 60 days of your initial denial. Once you have filed your Request, Social Security will assign a different examiner to re-evaluate your initial claim to see if an error was made in the determination of your initial claim.

Navigating the Social Security Disability claim process.

LEGAL REPRESENTATION

As you can see, the process of applying for, and obtaining Social Security Disability benefits involves a long and complicated ordeal, which can take anywhere from months to years to reach a conclusion.

Between complicated applications, precise medical records, solid evidence, and hearings, great weight is placed on accurate and concise documentation and reports. It is necessary to testify before an Administrative Laws Judge, an appeals Council, and possible before the United States District Court.

It is highly important - imperative actually - that you prepare for and approach each step of the appeals process with the best information and supporting documentation that you can have. The law firm of Germani & Germani, P.C. is committed to careful, accurate preparation of all appeal applications and forms; obtaining the clearest, most accurate medical records available, and presenting your case before each representative of Social Security with strong, persuasive facts and evidence, all of which are intended to reach a favorable outcome for our Social Security Disability clients.

Legal fees for representation in Social Security Disability cases are set by the US Government, and are a percentage of past due benefits.

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