By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Have you recently been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in Florida due to your systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) claim? You’re not alone. Navigating the complex system of SSDI and SSI claims can be overwhelming, especially when dealing with a condition like SLE. However, there is hope. The Florida Social Security Disability Attorneys at Disability Advocates Group are here to help you understand your options and guide you through the appeals process to increase your chances of a successful outcome.

Systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly known as lupus, is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, kidneys, and other organs. It can cause a range of symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, and more. Living with lupus can be challenging, and if your condition prevents you from working, you may be eligible for SSDI or SSI benefits to help support you financially.

Unfortunately, the process of applying for these benefits can be daunting, and many applicants are initially denied. If you’ve received a denial for your SLE claim, don’t lose hope. You have the right to appeal the decision, and Disability Advocates Group is here to assist you every step of the way.

The first step in the appeals process is to request a reconsideration of your claim. This involves submitting additional evidence to support your case, such as medical records, doctor’s notes, and any other relevant documentation. Our experienced attorneys can help gather this evidence and ensure that it is presented effectively to strengthen your appeal.

If your claim is denied again at the reconsideration stage, the next step is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. This is where having legal representation can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients at these hearings and know how to present compelling arguments and evidence to the judge.

During the hearing, you will have the opportunity to testify about how your lupus symptoms affect your ability to work and perform daily activities. The judge may also ask questions and may consult with medical experts to better understand your condition. Having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can help ensure that your testimony is clear and concise and that all relevant information is presented effectively.

If the judge rules in your favor, you will be awarded SSDI or SSI benefits, which can provide much-needed financial support to help cover your medical expenses and other living costs. However, if your claim is denied at the hearing stage, don’t give up. There are still options available, including appealing the decision to the Appeals Council and, if necessary, filing a lawsuit in federal court.

At Disability Advocates Group, we understand how frustrating and overwhelming the SSDI and SSI appeals process can be, especially when you’re dealing with a debilitating condition like lupus. That’s why we’re here to provide compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation to help you navigate the system and fight for the benefits you deserve.

If you’ve been denied SSDI or SSI benefits for your systemic lupus erythematosus claim in Florida, don’t hesitate to reach out to Disability Advocates Group for help. Whether you reside in Jacksonville or Tampa, our experienced SSDI and SSI attorneys will work tirelessly to advocate for your rights and ensure that you receive the benefits you need to support yourself and your family. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can assist you with your appeal.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.