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A monthly social security disability check is supposed to offer financial support to those who are unable to work on account of a disability. While one may think the process of applying and being awarded these benefits is straightforward, this is far from the truth. The government benefit program rejects more applicants than it approves. A rejection doesn’t mean that you’ll miss out on these benefits, it just means that you should consult a Social Security Disability Attorney in order to overturn your denied social security claim.
To receive SSI or Supplemental Security Income benefits an applicant must prove that they are unable to work due to their disability. You must prove that you can’t perform the work that you had been doing prior to the disability nor a job that might require a certain amount of training. Convincing the government of these two things is the most difficult obstacle in winning SSI benefits.
If a claim is rejected, the applicant has the ability to file a request for reconsideration. Hiring an Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, or Owensboro-based Social Security Disability Attorney will greatly increase your chances of being admitted after applying a second time. When a request for reconsideration has been accepted, you will begin receiving benefits as well as back pay, which is the money that you would’ve received had you been accepted the first time you applied to the program.
If the reconsideration request has been denied, you will have the opportunity to take your request to a disability hearing which will then be decided upon by a judge. While this will be an applicant’s last resort it more often than not proves to be a success. Administrative law judges will interview applicants and hear their stories in detail. This process creates more empathy and often results in applicants receiving benefits.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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