Social Security Disability Appeals Made SimpleBy Kenton Koszdin on August 23, 2018 | In Social Security Disability
Don’t get discouraged if your first Social Security Disability (SSDI) application is denied. Up to 80% of initial claims are denied!
You should always re-apply. Often the denial is because there are medical or work documents missing. Your denial letter will detail exactly why your claim was denied.
You must reapply quickly as you have only 60 days from the date you received the denial letter to request an appeal.
At this point, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney experienced in SSDI appeals in southern California. Let our extensive knowledge of the judges and health care providers in the area go to work for you to expedite your appeal!
There are four SSDI appeal levels:
Reconsideration. When your first claim is denied, ask for reconsideration where your initial claim will be reviewed by a different claims examiner and medical consultant. If you have new or more medical evidence that you want to be part of your claim, submit it now.
Appeals hearing. If your application is again denied after reconsideration, you have the right to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. Make every effort to attend the hearing, which will be at a place convenient for you such as the nearest Social Security Administration office. It’s advisable that you meet with an attorney who will help you prepare for the hearing. Bring witnesses who can support your disability status. The Judge will ask you questions about your medical condition and ability to work, and medical and vocational witnesses may also be questioned.
Appeals Council. The administrative law judge will decide your case at your hearing. If you disagree with the Judge’s finding, you can further your appeal to the Appeals Council. The Council will either choose to review your case; deny your request for review; request that the administrativelaw judge revisit the decision.
Federal court. If the Appeals Council denied your request for review, or if you disagree with its findings, you may file a lawsuit in a federal district court. It’s vital to have an experienced and skilled attorney at your side through this process.
You can learn more about the SSDI appeals process in this Social Security Administration brochure.
As you can see, the appeals process is lengthy and complex. At every step in the process, it is to your advantage to have a knowledgeable and experienced SSDI attorney at your side. Let our firm get to work for you to get you the benefits that you and your family deserve.
We Can Help With Your Social Security Disability Application and Appeal
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney like Kenton Koszdin. Call our office serving the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valleyarea at 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.