Home of several Fortune 500 companies and a unique history that includes nearly everyone in America raising a glass in our honor, Milwaukee is a working man’s (and woman’s) city. Unfortunately, there may also come a day when you are no longer able to remain on the job. If this occurs because of a long-term health condition or injury, there is legal protection available. Social Security provides disability benefits to some qualifying workers who are forced off of the job. If you are eligible, you deserve your benefits. After all, this system has been funded by your Payroll taxes. That means that you have paid into the system each and every time that you have collected a paycheck throughout your life. And when you need help securing disability benefits from Social Security disability, you want someone who will stand by you every step of the way, until you receive the benefits you deserve. Chewning Legal, a Wisconsin firm, does just that for you.
Unlike workers’ compensation, Social Security disability offers benefits for people whose disability will keep them away from work for more than a year or result in death. The process to receive benefits is complicated and takes 3 – 5 months to receive a response to your application.
An accurate and complete application is very important. Any errors or omissions on your application will result in a denial of your claim. However, even with a precise application, most applications are initially denied. Many wholly legitimate applications are denied after an initial review. Stunningly, the Social Security Administration (SSA) even openly admits that this happens. In fact, according to their own publicly available data, only 28 percent of disability claims are offered awards after the first level review. However, by the end of the process, approximately 45 percent of disability claims are successful. In other words, the SSA reports that nearly 1 in 4 claims that are initially denied are eventually awarded benefits. By definition, that means that all of these claims were improperly denied. Further, it is important to remember that this figure does not even account for the people who gave up during the appeals process. Do not let yourself become one of those people. You need to fight for your rights. If you are applying for disability benefits, please contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will help you get your application right the first time and will be able to protect your rights throughout entirety of the claims process.
You must apply to appeal your denial 60 days after you receive your notification. Failure to do so renders Social Security’s decision final. Do not risk missing out on your rights simply because you missed a deadline. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to get your case into the hands of an attorney as soon as possible. Don Chewning knows the Social Security Disability system and can help you meet your deadlines and file a convincing appeal with the Social Security Administration. If your appeal goes to a hearing he can present evidence on argue on your behalf.
In the event that you do decide to appeal you claim, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Wisconsin social security disability lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will review your claim in detail and will be able to help you navigate the appeals process. The social security disability appeals process is notoriously complex. There are actually four different levels of review:
Federal Court: Finally, if you have gone through all of the other steps of the appeals process, you may need to file a lawsuit. It is important to note that you may not file a lawsuit until you have exhausted all of your other legal remedies. If your appeal does reach this point in the process, your case will be heard in federal district court.
There is no doubt that the Social Security disability claims process is frustrating and confusing. There is absolutely no need for you to go through this process alone. You can afford an attorney. When our team takes on your case, we will never charge you any upfront costs. In fact, we only collect fees for our work in the event that we help you obtain your benefits. If you do not recover benefits, then we simply will not be paid. Further, the legal fees that you will pay are regulated by the Social Security Administration. Ultimately, we want to put money into your pocket, not take it out.
At Chewning Legal, LLC, we have extensive experience handling the social security disability claims process. Whether you are submitting an initial application or are considering an appeal, we can help. If your claim has been denied in Milwaukee, please do not hesitate to contact our office today to set up your initial consultation.
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