How to Appeal Social Security?

shutterstock_186252827-300x200The majority of initial applications for Social Security Disability benefits are denied. Fortunately, if your initial application has been denied by the Social Security Administration, you have recourse through an appeals process. This process can be tedious, complicated, and lengthy and will require accurate information, compelling documentation, and often appearances before Administrative Law Judges. Ensuring that your case is handled properly throughout this complex process is vital if you wish to obtain the benefits you need and deserve.

Steinger, Greene & Feiner is a law firm with a long history of proven results in representing the injured and disabled. Our firm thoroughly understands how the SSA works, what can go wrong in the application or appeals process, and what is needed to present a strong case on your behalf. Using our considerable knowledge, legal skills, and dedication to getting positive results, we can help you pursue a claim throughout all the appeal steps provided by the SSA. Having one of our experienced attorneys by your side throughout this often difficult process can make a difference in whether your claim is ultimately denied or approved.

The Full Appeals Process

According to the latest statistics provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), approximately 885,000 applications out of more than 2,640,000 resulted in approved benefits for claimants in 2013. This amounts to about one-third of all applicants obtaining a benefits award. For those who are denied, it can mean the difference between financial stability and disaster for the individual as well as his or her family. Because your chances of an initial denial are so high, you should not give up on pursuing the benefits to which you may be entitled. With knowledgeable and skilled legal help, you may ultimately achieve success.

Four different steps may ensue after your initial application has been denied. These steps comprise the full appeals process. They include:

  • Reconsideration
  • A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
  • A review by the Appeals Council
  • Taking your case to a Federal District Court

You have 60 days to appeal once your initial claim has been denied. Steinger, Greene & Feiner can put together your appeal case and represent you throughout every phase of the process.

Reconsideration through Federal District Court

Reconsideration consists of a review of your case by an SSA official who did not take part in your initial denial. This person will independently review all of the original evidence submitted along with any new evidence supporting your claim.

If the reconsideration results in another denial, you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge who had no part in either of the earlier denials. At the hearing, evidence will again be reviewed and you and any witnesses may be questioned about your medical information and other important evidence concerning your case. As always, an attorney from our firm will be present to represent and guide you through this appearance. If your claim is denied at this step by the judge, you can ask for it to be independently reviewed by the SSA’s Appeal Council. The Council may make a decision or send your claim back to an ALJ. If you disagree with the decision of the Appeals Council, your final option is to file a lawsuit in a federal district court.

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Understanding your legal rights, options, and how we can help you through the appeals process is only a phone call away. We offer a free consultation in which we can review your case and advise you on what needs to be done to give you the best chance for obtaining the benefits you need. Contact us to speak to an attorney about your claim today.

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