How To File An Appeal For Social Security Disability

What You Need to Know If You Have Been Denied Your Social Security Disability 

Filing for social security disability benefits can be a tedious act to go through, especially if you do not know how to apply for such benefits correctly. At Jacobs Law Office in Charleston, WV, we encourage our clients to come in for the initial act of filing the application to get Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) questions answered. Though the initial application is done online, Attorney Pat Jacobs wants to help you every step of the way. Our office has resources to help ensure you get what you deserve.

For those that receive a denial letter, it is essential to remember that though it can be disheartening, it’s not the end. With the help of a Social Security Disability lawyer local to Charleston, WV, the applicant has a much better chance of being approved once they appeal the prior denial of social security benefits.

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Who Might be Denied Social Security Benefits?

The application process for Social Security ends in a denial of benefits for most applicants. Only around 30% of applicants are approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA) after the initial application is submitted online, which means it’s likely you will be denied social security, even if you have eligibility. There are many reasons why you may be denied Social Security benefits. You do have the chance to learn more about your denial reason and start the appeals process against the decision, as well as add any new information needed to boost your chance of approval.

What are Common Reasons for a Denial?

Social security applications can be denied for just about any reason. The most common ones include the following:

  • Insufficient Medical Evidence – There needs to be evidence that your disability prevents you from working. If you do not have sufficient evidence, your claim could be denied because the West Virginia Social Security Administration (SSA) can’t see what your disability is or how it impacts your life.
  • Not Following Treatment – If you are not following the treatment plan created by your doctor, it could be seen as you are not actively seeking recovery causing the Social Security Administration (SSA) to deny your claim.
  • Contact Information is Outdated – If the West Virginia Social Security Administration cannot contact you, they will deny your application. Always make sure your phone number, email, and address are updated with them if anything changes.
  • Missing Appointments – You may be required to attend a hearing or meet with someone from the Social Security Administration (SSA) in West Virginia. Failing to make these appointments can lead to denial.

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How Do I Know Why I Was Denied?

After the application is considered, the West Virginia Social Security Administration (SSA) sends a letter of approval or denial to the applicant. The letter will contain information about your case, such as the impairments considered for your application, and will include a reason why you were denied social security. This information should let you know what issues were found that led to a denial of services and give you a starting point for the next steps to take.


Is a Denial the End of the Process?

The answer is no; denial is not the end of the process. If you have applied for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and you are denied, do not give up. Around half of those who go through the appeals process can get social security benefits, so it’s worth taking the time to give it a try. Re-applying might seem like a faster option, but since you have already applied, you will be denied again because you have a prior social security denial. Instead, start looking into the reason for your denial so you can begin the appeals process and have a better chance of being approved.


What Should Happen After a Denial?

The appeals process can take a while to complete. You must get started quickly, as you only have around 60 days to start. First, you’ll request reconsideration. This means you’re turning in the same paperwork and having another representative take a look at it. It’s possible to add in new or different information at this point, which can help if you were denied because of incomplete medical paperwork or similar reasons. If you are still denied, you’ll need to move onto the next step of setting up a disability hearing.

This hearing allows you to explain to a West Virginia judge why you need disability benefits. There may be a medical expert who will ask questions to clarify your disabilities. It may be possible for you to present new evidence to the state or changes in your condition as well as have witnesses who can speak on your behalf. Most of the time, if a claim is going to be approved, it will be approved during this step.

If you are denied again at this point, there is one more part to the appeals process. The decision can be sent to a Charleston, WV Appeals Council where they will review the decision made in the previous hearing to make sure there were no issues. They can agree with the decision or overturn the decision and have it sent back to the hearing of the original appeals where it will be reconsidered.


Can an Attorney Help with a Social Security Appeal?

Pat Jacobs recommends that you get in touch with him as soon as you plan on filing for West Virginia Social Security Disability benefits. With his help, it is more likely that you’ll be approved. If you’ve already applied for Social Security, it’s highly likely you’ll be denied initially. While the reason for this can vary, the next step is always to appeal the decision. That’s why it is important to contact Jacobs Law Office in Charleston, WV before any application online or otherwise is filled out.

The Charleston, WV Social Security Administration (SSA) office is located inside of the Charleston Federal Center at 500 Quarrier Street Suite 300, Charleston, WV 25301.

If you have already been denied, contact our office as well; we will work hard to help you get the Social Security disability benefits that you need, even though you may have been initially denied. Remember, don’t delay to come in and fill out your initial application with Pat and the team in our office. Call today so Pat can help you every step of the way!

Jacobs Law Office in Charleston specializes in Social Security services including Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Pat Jacobs has been providing exceptional legal services to the state of West Virginia for over 40 years.

You can always connect with our office via email, phone, or our website.

Our office is located at 7020 MacCorkle Avenue, SE Charleston, WV 25304

You can phone us toll-free at 800-966-6593

PHONE (304) 381-6305 

FAX:  (304) 926-8336



Charleston Federal Center:

Address: 500 Quarrier Street Suite 300, Charleston, WV 25301.

Phone: (888) 527-9305

If you are unable to travel, a claim can be submitted over the phone. For persons with Internet access, you may wish to log on to the Social Security Administration’s website: to obtain initial information. As you will discover, these government resources are quite limited.