Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about the ten biggest mistakes people make when trying to get Social Security Disability or SSI:


Number One:

By far the biggest mistake people make is failing to appeal when they are denied by SSA. Unless you are sure you are able to return to work full time, it is always a mistake to fail to appeal. Remember, you have only 60 days to appeal (plus 5 days for mailing.) Don’t miss this deadline! I see a lot of people who get discouraged when they get the first denial. Don’t get discouraged. Just because SSA denies you one time does not mean you will not win. Don’t just file a new application. File an appeal. After you are denied the first time, this means filing a request for reconsideration.  After you are denied the second time, this means filing a request for hearing. Don’t get discouraged. Most people are denied at first. If my office is representing you, we will file the appeals.  If we are not representing you, just go to the nearest SSA office and tell them you want to appeal. They will help with the paperwork.


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One Response to Ten Biggest Mistakes in Filing for Social Security Disability

  1. Eleanor says:

    Attorney Zimberlin was so kind, compassionate,respectful, caring, understanding,and truely cared about me and who I was. I couldn’t use the stairs to climb up to her office and she met me downstairs to a conference room. She also helped me to understand SSD and make sure I followed the rules. I made sure my husband always came with me to help me to remmeber what we talked about. Her Asst Raquel was also kind and compassionate and respectful of me.Raquel helped me to understand the paperwork when I had questions about it.
    You can not go wrong with this team.They helped me and I am so appreciative for everything. They made me feel like a human being that was/is important. Thank you for all you did and I know I am a liitle late to say it. I had this team in 2005 and have referred other people to her. She is that good. Love them and always in my prayers. Thank you

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