Denied Social Security Claims in Atlanta

If your request for Social Security disability benefits has been denied in the Atlanta area, don’t panic. You aren’t alone—67% of initial disability claims are denied. Your first step is to file an appeal to start earning benefits in Atlanta and Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb counties.
There are different types of programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. The Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs both pay benefits to those who meet the specific qualifications.
The Social Security benefits claims attorneys at Cruz & Associates can help you understand your denial letter and get started on your appeal.

Why Was Your Claim Denied?

Whether or not your denial falls into one of these cases, you most likely still have the right to file for an appeal.

How You Can Appeal

There are four different levels of appeal. This means you have four different chances to show the department you need assistance from Social Security programs, either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The levels are:


Reconsideration basically means that your case will be reviewed as you submitted it by somebody who was not involved in the first determination. If you’re denied again after reconsideration, don’t be discouraged. Reconsiderations have a denial rate of up to 87%, but you can move on to the next level and try again.

Administrative Hearing

If you request a hearing, this will be conducted by an administrative law judge who was not part of your initial determination. You may be asked for more information before the hearing so the judge can review your case. During the hearing, you and any witnesses will be questioned. Hearings may be held in person or virtually. You will learn more about how yours will be conducted after you request a hearing.

Appeals Council Review

The Social Security Appeals Council is the next step if you’re not happy with the outcome of your hearing. It is possible that the Appeals Council may agree with the hearing decision, but they will review every request for appeal. Either way, you will be notified of the Appeals Council’s decision.

Federal Court Review

Filing a lawsuit with the federal district court is your final chance at appealing your Social Security disability denial. Your letter from the Appeals Council will detail how to go about pursuing a federal court case.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

Seeing your denied request for Social Security benefits can be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that this is very common.The experienced attorneys at Cruz & Associates are prepared to walk you through the appeals process or assist you in finding other means of support.
To set up your complimentary consultation with us, simply fill out our online contact form or give our Atlanta office a call today.