Although a significant number of Social Security Disability (SSD) applicants have their initial applications denied, you shouldn’t be discouraged from applying. If you chose to file your initial application on your own, working with an experienced Charlotte SSD lawyer can greatly improve your chances of obtaining benefits through an appeal.
Whether you live in Charlotte, Greensboro or elsewhere in North Carolina, our team at Bridgman Gantt Law Offices can offer you the support you need to effectively navigate all steps in the SSD application and appeals process.
With guidance and clear information, you stand a much better chance of winning your appeal. Our lead attorney, Daniel A. Bridgman, along with his team of professional staff members, can provide you and your family with precisely what you need.
By working closely with you, we can ensure that you understand your options, meet all the deadlines and are prepared when going before the administrative law judge (ALJ) or engaging in other important aspects of the process.
Additional resources we offer include:
We understand that you and your family have enough to worry about when dealing with a disability. That is why we look to alleviate some of the stress by helping you move through the SSD or SSI process as quickly as possible.
At Bridgman Gantt Law Offices, we understand that there are a lot of lawyers out there who can help you obtain your SSD benefits. But we believe that our commitment to personal service and our ability to come to you –whether you live in Charlotte, Asheville, or Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as Columbia, South Carolina – offer numerous benefits. We service throughout the region, let us know how we can help.
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:
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.
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.
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 704-815-6055. 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.
If you are filing an appeal for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in North Carolina or elsewhere, chances are your case will go before an administrative law judge (ALJ). ALJs are federally appointed judges who handle SSD claims at the hearings level.
If you have a claim pending, it’s likely that your claim will be denied and you will have to go through the appeals process, which includes going before the ALJ.
When you file an appeal for SSD benefits, the ALJ will review your medical records, work history and the explanations given for denying benefits. At the hearing, the ALJ will attempt to gather as much information as possible about your condition and determine whether you qualify for benefits.
The judge will ask questions of:
In short, the ALJ will look to gather information about your medical condition, your treatment, prospects for recovery and other important factors. The medical experts will interpret your medical information and provide testimony to help the judge understand your condition. The vocational experts will testify as to whether your condition prohibits you from finding alternative employment.
As mentioned, the judge will also want to hear from you regarding your condition. Your lawyer can speak on your behalf, which will likely improve your chances of having the judge approve your claim.
At Bridgman Law Offices, we are here to help you make sense of the SSD process. We are a Charlotte-based firm helping people throughout the region get the benefits they deserve.
If you have questions about filing an application or the appeals process, don’t hesitate to call us for a free consultation at 704-815-6055. You can also send an email inquiry by completing our contact form.
You completed your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and are anxiously awaiting a response. If you’re like many people who apply for benefits, you’re going to be met with disappointment.
Although there are numerous people in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina just like you with a genuine need for SSD benefits, most have their initial application denied for a variety of reasons ranging from simple errors on the application to a failure to provide appropriate medical information.
At Bridgman Law Offices, our team is here to help you navigate all points in the SSD process. From application to appeal, we provide the information and resources to keep you informed.
Below is a brief outline of what to expect when filing an appeal:
Denied Benefits? Let’s Work Together. Contact us by completing our contact form or calling 704-815-6055. We offer free consultations, work on a contingency basis and will respond to your call or email within one business day. From our Charlotte office, we work with clients throughout the state as well as in Columbia, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia.
You have waited a long time for your disability hearing and it is important to make the most of the opportunity. The best way to prepare is to speak with your North Carolina Social Security Disability (SSD) attorney regarding how the hearing works and how you can be most effective.
Below are brief explanations of important steps in the disability hearing process.
The first point your SSD lawyer will emphasize is that the hearing is a de novo review; this means your case is heard anew with no regard to previous determinations. As a practical matter, the judge knows you are appealing a denial, but does not know the basis for it. Although the hearing will be conducted in a less formal manner than a trial, there are similarities:
Once these proceedings are complete, the judge will render a written opinion determining disability.
Although a hearing is different from a trial, it nonetheless requires a skilled lawyer who can guide you through. Call us at Bridgman Law Offices at 704-815-6055. You can also send us an email by completing our online contact form. From our office in Charlotte, we work with people throughout the state as well as those in Columbia, South Carolina, and the Atlanta metro area.
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