If your claim is denied, you generally have 60 days to file a request for reconsideration. The third step of appeals in social security law is to appear before an administrative law judge. This should give you plenty of time to consult with your social security legal counsel and prepare for the hearing.
Some requests for hearings can take longer than others, but you generally have to wait about a year for your hearing. You’ll be told the date, time and location of the hearing about a month before the hearing. Most hearings are relatively quick, anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, so be sure to arrive about 30 minutes early to make sure you are prepared. If you are late, you may need to provide an adequate reason for why, such as getting lost or getting stuck in a traffic jam. If your excuse is suitable to the judge, your hearing will be rescheduled.
What to Expect at Your Appeals Hearing
What to expect at the SSI appeal hearing generally depends on the complexity of the case, but your team of social security attorneys can give you a general idea based on the facts or your case. This can involve a number of witnesses, personal testimony, and the questioning of a vocational expert. The judge will have you present your case and how your medical situation affects your ability to work. The judge will also explain your rights as determined by the disability laws of Cincinnati and allow your SSDI attorney to argue on your behalf.
What Are My Chances of Getting Social Security Approved?
Social Security disability benefits are not known to be easy to obtain. While it’s practically impossible to accurately determine your odds of getting approved, we can look at national averages to get an idea. On the initial application, 70% of applicants are denied. The first level of appeals fair even worse: about 90% are denied again. On the second appeal, about half of all requests are denied. Finally, the last stage of appeals holds an abysmal approval rate of only 2 to 3 percent. At this point, your only option is to sue the Social Security Administration in federal court. As you can see, it’s very important to have an SSDI lawyer on your side before even filing your first application.
Disability Lawyers Who Fight for Your Rights
Our disability lawyers understand the application and appeal process and will walk you through it every step of the way. We will make sure you make all deadlines and help you to prepare your case. We will keep you informed of what the judge is looking for so you can present your case in the best light. Since most of our cases are taken on a contingency basis, we only win when you do too. Our payment will be a settlement of your winnings. Call us today for a free consultation. We will fight for your side, every step of the way.