SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CENTER

STEP ONE:       INITIAL APPLICATION

STEP TWO:      REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION

STEP THREE:   REQUEST FOR A HEARING BY ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE

STEP FOUR:     REVIEW BY THE APPEALS COUNCIL

STEP FIVE:       SUE THE SSA AT THE FEDERAL COURT LEVEL

Read below for information at each level:

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PROCEDURE:


STEP ONE: INITIAL APPLICATION:

The first step in obtaining social security disability is the Initial Application. The initial application requires a potential recipient of disability to complete and file an application requesting disability. The application includes lists of date of onset of disability, type of disability, attending doctors, hospitals, age, education, address, etc… Once completed, the application must be filed with your local social security office. Once filed, the social security office will review the application and make a determination of whether you qualify.

Alert: If you are disapproved, do not get discouraged. Many people who are disapproved at this stage continue with the process and ultimately obtain the benefits they deserve. See below.

What can we do to help?

We will help you complete and file the application. We are equiped to file your initial application online.  We will help you prepare the information in a format that is highly organized in an attempt to increase your likelihood of success at this level. In addition, we have experience in handling these matters and are willing to go to bat for you, including appeal, if necessary, of the denial to the next stage.

For more, please complete the FREE EVALUATION or call for your free evaluation.


STEP TWO: REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION:

If your initial application is denied, you will then need to file an appeal for reconsideration. Please be aware that this appeal must be filed within 60 days of the denial. Thus, you must contact us immediately in order to properly prepare the necessary appeal papers and provide any additional evidence. This appeal is not to be taken lightly, many times applications can be granted if filed with the necessary support. In addition, fast action is important as many times it is difficult to obtain appropriate medical documentation from your treating physicians. As we are well aware, physicians provide wonderful services; but in doing so, they are very busy. We need as much time as possible to get the documents from your doctors.

Alert: Again, if you are not approved, do not get discouraged. Many claimants who are disapproved at this stage continue on and are successful in obtaining benefits. See below.

What can we do to help?

We will analyze and review the denial of the Social Security Administration and reorganize your application. In addition, we may submit additional medical to support your original application. Further, we will attempt to draw attention to your highest areas of need and shortcomings in the initial application. If you receive a denial at this level, continued representation on your behalf is likely in your appeal to the next level.

For more, please complete the FREE EVALUATION or call for your free evaluation.


STEP THREE: REQUEST FOR A HEARING BY ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE:

If disapproved at the reconsideration level, you will need to request a hearing from an Administrative Law Judge or ALJ. Please be aware that this appeal must be filed within 60 days of the reconsideration denial. The Social Security Administration will forward your file to an ALJ for a hearing. The hearing is your opportunity to testify on your behalf. In addition, you will be able to provide witnesses in support of your disability.

Alert: Please note that it is not atypical for an ALJ decision to take two or more months.

What can we do to help? 

We have represented numerous claimants at these hearings. We will prepare you for the questions typically asked at these hearings. In addition, we will provide representation at the hearing. Further, we will present your evidence in a light most favorable to your disability and situation. This may include additional medical support, witnesses, etc...

For more, please complete the FREE EVALUATION or call for your free evaluation.


STEP FOUR: REVIEW BY THE APPEALS COUNCIL:

If the ALJ issues a denial of your application, the next stage is to appeal the decision to the Appeals Council or the AC. Again, this appeal must take place within 60 days of the ALJ’s denial or 65 days from the date the ALJ signs the denial (allows 5 days for mailing). Please note that you are not likely to have a favorable decision at this level. The AC is interested in the following: (1) An abuse of discretion or error of law by the ALJ, (2) The ALJ’s decision is not supported by substantial evidence, (3) A broad policy or procedural issue raised in the case.

What can we do to help?

We can prepare an appeal utilizing thorough legal research, writing, and analysis on the particular issues associated with your application. These skills have been finely tuned through years of schooling and practicing law. In addition, we will attend any hearing conducted on your behalf to advocate your position.

For more, please complete the FREE EVALUATION or call for your free evaluation.


STEP FIVE: SUE THE SSA AT THE FEDERAL COURT LEVEL:

Again, appeal of the Appeals Council must be filed within 60 days of your denial. At this level, a Federal Court Judge will review the case. The law requires the Judge to review only legal issues or errors in the case. The Judge has different options: (1) Uphold the denial, (2) Grant the application, or (3) Remand to the ALJ to consider important documentation.

What can we do to help?

We can prepare the appeal paperwork including any necessary legal memorandums and supporting evidence. Appear at the hearing and present the facts in a light most favorable for success. Present any and all additional support for the claim.