Law Office of Sharron D. Dillon


Has your initial application for Social Security disability benefits been denied?

No two disability cases are the same. Most Social Security disability benefits claims are initially denied. Choosing the right attorney to handle your disability appeal is a key component in overturning your initial claim denial. You need someone who will take the time to understand you, your needs and your unique medical situation.

Attorney Dillon is available to offer legal advice, counsel and personal assistance upon your Social Security disability claim denial. 

If we determine you have grounds for a successful appeal, together we will develop the arguments to make a compelling appeal on your behalf, filing all the necessary paperwork and appearing at any hearings.

Overview of Social Security Disability Claims

A Social Security disability attorney will advise you that it is not enough to be disabled to get benefits, You must also prove that you are disabled, using government definitions, rules, and often a government-selected doctor. This federal insurance program is run by the state so expect red tape and legal hurdles.

Eligibility is open to those who have paid into the system through taxes, along with some of their dependents. To qualify, a disability must be demonstrated with medical symptoms and tests. If you are disabled the Social Security Administration (SSA) will probe your condition in detail and require full contact information for all of your doctors and healthcare providers often going back several years. The government will also verify details about your education, employment, residency, etc. 

State and Federal Government Roles

The Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services’ Disability Determination Services (DDS) agency will review your application and medical records and may send you to their own doctor. The agency decides whether you, the claimant, are legally blind or disabled. The law defines a disability for an adult (in part) as a medically determinable impairment that prevents you from engaging in gainful activity for at least 12 consecutive months. The program covers a list of specific medical conditions and criteria.

If the state DDS office finds that you are disabled and allows your claim, the paperwork goes back to the federal field office to calculate the benefit payment amount. If your claim is denied, it also goes back to the field office because you can challenge that decision in a formal appeal, which starts the process over again. In addition, you can appeal the appeal. The second appeal usually involves a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) where all medical details are reviewed and doctors and vocational experts may testify: What is your diagnosis and treatment plan? Have you been following doctors’ orders yet remain disabled? Those are some of the specifics that the ALJ looks at carefully. Each step of the way you can provide more evidence to back up your claim.

If you would like to talk with me about your appeal, please call me at 860-817-0585 to schedule a free consultation. There is no attorney fee unless you are awarded benefits.

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