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Advice When Appealing A Denial Of SSD Benefits

Unfortunately, most applicants for Social Security Disability will become familiar with the appeal process. That is because a significant number of initial applications is denied.

You don’t need to manage the appeal process on your own. Our team at Bridgman Law Offices can help you understand your options and move through your appeal as quickly, effectively and successfully as possible.

Whether you live in Charlotte, Greensboro or another North Carolina community or in Columbia, South Carolina, or the Atlanta metro area, we can provide the personalized, hands-on support you need to obtain the benefits you deserve.


This is the first level of appeal after an initial denial. You have 65 days from the date of your denial letter to file an appeal, which can be done in person, over the telephone or online. You have the opportunity to report any change in:

  • Your condition
  • Your treatment
  • Your daily activity level

With a North Carolina Social Security Disability appeals attorney advising you, you will be able to gather important evidence that supports your claim. Furthermore, you will have an advocate as you go before an administrative law judge.

Your Hearing Before An Administrative Law Judge

This is perhaps the best opportunity for most claimants to gain approval. At this stage, you actually get to speak and explain in your own words how your impairments limit your activities. The hearing is like a trial, but less formal. Once again, you can present evidence of any change in your condition. Your lawyer can also call witnesses to testify on your behalf, such as friends, family members or co-workers who can explain their observations of your disabilities. In addition, expert witness testimony on subjects such as medical repercussions of your disability or jobs that may be available for someone with your specific impairments will factor into the judge’s decision.

The judge is particularly interested in hearing from you. We will advise you to be forthright and honest and to provide credible statements. Don’t minimize your condition, but don’t exaggerate either. This is where many cases are won or lost. Your attorney will help you prepare your comments and represent your interests throughout the hearing.

We Want To Help You Get The Benefits You Need

Don’t become discouraged if your disability claim is denied. The process is long and arduous, but persistence can bring success. By working with our team at Bridgman Law Offices, you will have a wealth of support and resources at your side.

Call us to schedule a free consultation at 877-330-4817. You can also fill out our contact form to send an email. We will respond to your inquiry within one business day. From our primary office in Charlotte, we work with people throughout the state and the region.