Experienced disability attorneys appeal your denial of benefits
Social Security Disability benefits can be a lifeline to help you move forward with your life when you are disabled. But the application process is difficult and reports indicate that more than half of all initial applications are denied. If your application is denied, a disability attorney at Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co. can explain the process and help with handling your ssdi appeal process.
What happens during the Social Security Disability appeals process?
Appealing a Social Security Disability determination that denies your disability benefits requires considerable effort. A disability attorney can also increase your chances of winning on appeal and getting you an award of disability benefits.
The appeals process includes several steps:
- Request for Reconsideration — The first step in the appeals process is to submit a Request for Reconsideration. The request is heard by someone who was not involved in the decision to deny you benefits. New evidence may be submitted, if you wish to present it. A Request for Reconsideration is usually conducted by file review and you do not have to be present.
- Hearing — If your Request for Reconsideration is denied, you can request a disability hearing in front of an administrative law judge. The hearing is usually held within reasonable proximity to your home. You will be questioned by the judge, as will any witnesses you bring. New evidence is permitted. The judge will be someone who did not take part in the earlier decisions related to your application.
- Appeals Council — If the administrative law judge reaches a decision you disagree with, you can request review by the Social Security Appeals Council. The Appeals Council will decide whether to hear your appeal, but may deny the request if it agrees with the hearing result. The Appeals Council may return your case to an administrative law judge for further handling.
- Federal court — You can sue in federal court if the Appeals Council refuses to hear your case or rules against you.
Contact one of our Cincinnati, OH disability appeals attorneys to help with your benefits
If you’re seeking government assistance while disabled, don’t risk the possibility of being denied benefits. The Social Security Disability lawyers in the Cincinnati office of Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co. can help you file for disability benefits offered through the U.S. Social Security Administration and handle your appeals at every stage of the process. Contact one of our social security lawyers at 513.721.6500 or online.