Appealing a Decision to Deny Your Social Security Disability Benefits

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The Social Security Administration has a reputation for denying people’s initial applications for benefits. If you apply on your own without the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer, your chances for being denied are much, much higher. But even if the SSA denies the application, you still have options moving forward.

Larry Pitt & Associates has helped the people of Philadelphia and beyond appeal the SSA’s decisions to deny Social Security Disability benefits for the last 35 years. Our efficient and effective team of lawyers and professional legal staff has represented thousands of people from Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in appeals hearings and in civil lawsuits. When you are hurt or ill and cannot work, you can trust in us to assist you in getting the help you need.

Going Before the Administrative Law Judge

If you live in Pennsylvania and have been denied Social Security Disability benefits in your initial application, your appeal begins with a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. You have 60 days to file an appeal; at 61 days or more, you must start the entire application process over from the beginning.

Going in front of an ALJ is not the same as going to trial – but we prepare our clients in similar ways. Our lawyers may:

  • Collect all the pertinent documentation, including your initial application
  • Request any new medical records or information that has changed since you first applied
  • Review your application with you
  • Review typical questions you might be asked
  • Represent you and your interests in front of the judge

The hearing can take a very long time to schedule. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we do everything in our power to expedite the process for you, so that you can start collecting your benefits as quickly as possible.

Additional Steps for Appealing a Denial

Should the hearing not go in your favor, you have more options. We can represent you during either of the next two steps in the process:

  1. Submit request to Appeals Council. The Appeals Council can overturn the ALJ’s decision, remand your application back to the ALJ for further review, or deny your application. This part of the process can also take a very long time. If the Appeals Council denies your claim, we can weigh the pros and cons of a
  2. Civil lawsuit in federal district court. This step may not be in your best interest, and if it is better to simply file a new application for Social Security Disability benefits, our attorneys will tell you that. If you wish to move forward, however, we can represent you in federal court.

At Larry Pitt & Associates, we want what is best for our clients. We will never force you to appeal a decision if it is best to simply reapply, and we will never abandon you if you have been denied benefits from an earlier application. We know how to help residents of Pennsylvania obtain their SSD benefits, and we want to help you, too.

Learn More About the SSD Appeals Process From the Philadelphia Social Security Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates

Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be complicated. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we always review our clients’ applications before they are filed. We will review your application if you have been denied in your initial request for benefits, and help you through the appeals process. Please call 1-888-PITT-LAW or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County.

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Anna Diaz

Answered or returned calls and emails in a timely fashion. The employees at this firm are working for us the employee, not the employers. Very professional.

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The staff of Larry Pitt & Associates cannot be more helpful when going through a tremendously tough time. They are there for you and have answers for you before you even ask. They go above and beyond and are always on top of their game. Their time, consideration and professionalism are more than anyone can ask for. Highly recommend them and their services they provide!

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Terri Delaney

The staff of Larry Pitt & Associates cannot be more helpful when going through a tremendously tough time. They are there for you and have answers for you before you even ask. They go above and beyond and are always on top of their game. Their time, consideration and professionalism are more than anyone can ask for. Highly recommend them and their services they provide!

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Ryan Hoffman

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A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work.

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work. They were incredibly compassionate and handled my case professionally with an outstanding outcome.

D.R., client

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D.R., client

A friend recommended Larry Pitt and associates to me after being hurt at work. They were incredibly compassionate and handled my case professionally with an outstanding outcome.

“Thank you for being so professional..”

"Thank you for being so professional in the way you and your staff handles my case. I am a little late showing my appreciation, but thank you so much. If I ever need someone to represent me again, you would be the ones!"

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Annette P. Walls

"Thank you for being so professional in the way you and your staff handles my case. I am a little late showing my appreciation, but thank you so much. If I ever need someone to represent me again, you would be the ones!"

“I want to thank you for your excellent representation”

"I want to thank you for your excellent representation of me and keeping your word. You asked me to hold on and things would be resolved in the Spring, and they were. Ariana’s graduation was beautiful and I was able to give her everything I wanted, including her class ring.

Also and not forgotten, Luba! She was so patient and attentive to me even when I was hysterical. Ha! Ha!"

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Dierdre P.

"I want to thank you for your excellent representation of me and keeping your word. You asked me to hold on and things would be resolved in the Spring, and they were. Ariana’s graduation was beautiful and I was able to give her everything I wanted, including her class ring. Also and not forgotten, Luba! She was so patient and attentive to me even when I was hysterical. Ha! Ha!"

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"Thank you so much for hearing my cry for help! You have always been there and I feel very comfortable with this Firm. It is wonderful people like you that makes me feel so Proud of Larry Pitt & Associates. Once again Thank You!"

John Rodriguez

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John Rodriguez

"Thank you so much for hearing my cry for help! You have always been there and I feel very comfortable with this Firm. It is wonderful people like you that makes me feel so Proud of Larry Pitt & Associates. Once again Thank You!"

“I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me.”

"I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me. I am extremely happy with the outcome-especially since my boss didn't show up at the final hearing. Thanks for your patience and understanding and most of all-compassion. I truly appreciate all your help."

Jennifer Kitz

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Jennifer Kitz

"I want to thank you for representing me and for everything you guys have done for me. I am extremely happy with the outcome-especially since my boss didn't show up at the final hearing. Thanks for your patience and understanding and most of all-compassion. I truly appreciate all your help."

“Life is much more than business. But, business is about relationships..”

"Peace & blessings to you, sir. With a lot of prayers for you and your family. Life is much more than business. But, business is about relationships. Mr. Pitt, I honor ours. Please sir, let’s keep in touch from time to time."

Salin Muhammed

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Salin Muhammed

"Peace & blessings to you, sir. With a lot of prayers for you and your family. Life is much more than business. But, business is about relationships. Mr. Pitt, I honor ours. Please sir, let’s keep in touch from time to time."

“I was very nervous going into this lawsuit but they made me feel very confident.”

I was very nervous going into this lawsuit but they made me feel very confident. I dealt with the lawyers and Phyllis - they were all great! My phone calls were returned in a timely manner, they were very professional, and they were also very realistic about my case. They settled my case and I am very pleased with the outcome. I would absolutely recommend Larry Pitt and Associates to others!

M.W., Client

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M.W., Client

I was very nervous going into this lawsuit but they made me feel very confident. I dealt with the lawyers and Phyllis - they were all great! My phone calls were returned in a timely manner, they were very professional, and they were also very realistic about my case. They settled my case and I am very pleased with the outcome. I would absolutely recommend Larry Pitt and Associates to others!
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