Your Application Was Denied. Do You Need Help Filing An Appeal?
If your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits is denied, you do not need to panic. You do, however, need to carefully and quickly explore your options for appealing this denial.
At The Law Office of Adam Casner, PLLC, attorney Adam Casner helps Texans understand the appeals process and secure the financial support they deserve. He has worked exclusively on Social Security Disability cases for over a decade. He understands the law and the intricacies of the processes involved in applying for and appealing denied disability claims. When you work with Adam, you will have a hardworking fighter in your corner who always has your best interests in mind.
Reconsideration Of Your Initial Application
You have 60 days to file an appeal for your denied Social Security Disability application. While the majority of new applications are denied, Adam’s experience and detail-oriented guidance can significantly improve your chances of making a successful appeal.
The appeal process begins with a simple reconsideration of your initial application. About one-third of all initial applications and reconsiderations are accepted by the Social Security Administration.
If your reconsideration is also denied, you can appeal to an administrative law judge (ALJ), who will hold a hearing to evaluate your application, along with you, your attorney and a vocational expert. A medical expert is occasionally called for complex medical conditions.
A Disability Hearing With An ALJ
A disability hearing with an ALJ is a collaborative process. There is not an “other side” or opposing attorney against whom you will have to argue; rather, it is an opportunity to fully explain how your medical condition meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. Nevertheless, it is important to be well-prepared. Attorney Casner’s professional counsel can help you tell your story as completely and compellingly as possible.
At your disability hearing, the ALJ and your attorney will ask you questions about how your medical condition prevents you from working. They may also ask a neutral medical expert questions to confirm the accuracy of your responses. A neutral vocational expert will also be present to identify and categorize your previous work history, and to identify which jobs, if any, may be available to you based on your current functional capacity.
This hearing will be brief, lasting only between 30 minutes to an hour and a half. This makes thorough, but efficient, responses essential. When you work with The Law Office of Adam Casner, PLLC, Adam will help you prepare strong answers for potential questions at your hearing. He will also be present at the hearing to ensure that you are given the opportunity to fully describe your medical condition and its impact on your life, and that you are treated fairly by the ALJ and any experts the ALJ may question.
After Your ALJ Hearing
The ALJ will issue a decision one to two months after your hearing. If your hearing is successful, you will be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
If the ALJ does not approve your claim, you will again have 60 days to file an appeal. This appeal will be reviewed by the Social Security Administration Appeals Council. If you are again denied, you may file a final appeal in federal court. For both of these post-ALJ appeals processes, it is essential to have comprehensive legal guidance from a skilled attorney.
Strengthen Your Appeal; Secure Your Benefits
At The Law Office of Adam Casner, PLLC, Adam is prepared to help you with all stages of the appeals process. From the reconsideration of your claim to, if necessary, federal court, he can provide the support and insight you need to demonstrate your disability and get benefits. For a free consultation, call his Cedar Park office at 512-764-3975 or complete the online form.