Filing for disability can be a confusing and grueling process for individuals who are unfamiliar with the system. The Social Security Administration (SSA) sets stringent rules and regulations with which they determine the eligibility of the applicant.
An attorney can assist you in assembling all the needed information. He or she can mediate for you in every step of the process, including filling out any necessary forms required by the administration. Our staff, with over fifty years experience, will support you every step of the way to ensure that you obtain all the benefits entitled to you.
If you are unfamiliar with how SSA determines whether you have a disability, we can help make that determination for you with our expertise and knowledge. Once you learn that you would certainly qualify for a disability, you must submit a lot of paperwork, in a timely manner, to the federal agency to support your claim.
Our staff is familiar with what you need to submit and process, and we can gather this information expeditiously. In many cases, completion of the paperwork may need another medical review. Knowing what you need in terms of documented proof of your disability, and ensuring that the proof is submitted correctly and quickly, can alleviate the need for a second appeal.
Initial applications take approximately 60 days. Most primary disability claims, or approximately 70 percent, are denied. You will receive a letter that explains what you must do for your appeal.
The administration conducts four levels of appeals. The first is reconsideration, where more information will be required from you. If this is denied then there will be a hearing by an administrative law judge. You will must be present at the hearing. If the government still denies your disability, then there will be a review by the Appeals Council and finally by a federal court.
With our representation, your claim may never reach these levels. Keep in mind also that most appeals, well over 80 percent, fail to reach a disability determination. Most of these appeals fail because of lack of knowledge of disability law and incorrect completion of documentation.
If you already receive disability benefits and the Administration decides to cease paying those benefits, we can also help. You have 60 days from the date you receive the letter to appeal, and the administration assumes that it will take five days for this letter’s arrival. You must prove to the SSA if you believe it has taken longer to reach you. If you are late with this appeal, it may jeopardize the continuation of your payments. It is possible that your benefits can continue through the appeals process, but the SSA must receive that notification within 10 days.
Call our law offices today and lets us support you through your Social Security disability claim.