Was Your Application Denied? Call A Lawyer.

Whether you are in the Bronx or any community throughout the five boroughs, an experienced Social Security Disability attorney can help with your claim.

Since 1989, Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano, P.C., has provided comprehensive legal guidance to clients throughout New York. Our attorneys focus the majority of the firm's legal resources on representing injured clients. A significant portion of those clients are seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Unfortunately, many applications are denied at the initial stage.

What Can I Do If My Application Is Denied?

Fortunately, there is a legal process designed to help individuals fight to receive SSD benefits even if their initial application was denied.

  • Request for reconsideration: It is simply that — a request to have the Social Security Administration (SSA) reconsider your original application. At this stage of the appeals process, you should be able to get clarification and gain insight as to why your initial application was denied.
  • Hearing: If your request for reconsideration is denied, you have 60 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). At your hearing, you can present new evidence that supports your disability.
  • Appeals Council: If your benefits claim is denied at the hearing, you can have the Appeals Council review the decision. The Appeals Council will approve your claim, deny your claim or return your case to the ALJ for further review.
  • Federal court: If the Appeals Council denies your claim, your final option is to take your claim to federal court.

It is important to stay positive. Many individuals assume that a denial at the application stage is the final decision. As described above, this is simply not the case. There are many steps in the appeals process.

If you did not hire a lawyer to discuss your initial application, certainly contact one to discuss your options for appeal. Schedule a free consultation at any of our New York offices by calling or emailing the firm.