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Legal Help for Social Security Claims in Dillon

Applications for disability income are confusing, time-consuming and sometimes result in a denial of benefits. If you have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and you have been denied, you may not know where to turn. Having a claim approved is not a simple process.
A denial does not necessarily mean that you cannot win your next stage of an appeal. Significant success occurs at a hearing before a federal administrative law judge. We have assisted hundreds of applicants successfully in the review and trial of their cases.
In the years that you spent working, a portion of your wages was paid into the Social Security system. If an injury or illness now prevents you from working, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance payments. But getting your claim approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA) so that benefits can begin is not a simple process.
A denial, however, does not mean that you can’t win your case on appeal. The SSA has established an appeals process to give people who are truly disabled another chance to prove their condition prevents them from working. The appeals process is complicated, and you may need a local lawyer to help you with this appeal.

If your claim is denied, the notice will include information about how to appeal the denial. You have only 60 days to make a written request for appeal. As soon as the denial is received, please contact us if you wish help with the process.

The request for reconsideration is the first step in the appeals process. You must submit a written request for your claim to be reviewed again. The request for reconsideration will cause a new and independent review of your initial application.

A request for reconsideration will normally be conducted without the need for you to be present. At this stage, however, you can provide additional and new information supporting your position.

If your request for reconsideration is denied, the next step in the appeals process is a hearing before a federal administrative law judge. It is at this stage that most cases are successfully prepared and disability benefits awarded. You will be expected to provide more information prior to the hearing. Your hearing will be set as soon as possible but can take up to a year to be heard.

At the hearing, you will be given the opportunity to present evidence as to why you are disabled and should receive benefits. You may wish to have a medical expert and other witnesses testify on your behalf. The SSA will also present its information on why it believes you should not receive benefits.
After the benefits hearing, if your claim is still denied, then the next step is another appeal. You can request a review by the SSA Appeals Council. When you submit your request, you are essentially asking the appeals council to look at what happened in the hearing and decide if any mistakes were made. The appeals council will look at every request for review, but it may deny your request if it believes that the administrative law judge made the right decision.
If the appeals council does decide that it will review your case, the council might decide whether you are eligible for benefits, or it may send the case back to the administrative law judge for another look.

An appeal to the federal court is possible if the appeals council denies your request for review, or if you do not agree with the decision the appeals council made. Appeal to the federal court is the last step in the appeals process. It is an appeal made outside of the Social Security Administration process.