Social Security Appeals
In many cases, disabled workers receive unfavorable results for their Social Security claims. Most of them are being denied for insufficient requirements and evidences in proving their disabilities. Thus, these workers file their Social Security appeals.
Appeals can be made on any decision that may affect a claimant’s disability claim or the benefit amount.
Social Security appeals are often the most critical stages in one’s claim. Hence, in any level of the appeals process, decisive, effective and aggressive representation is crucial to the outcome of one’s claim.
Generally, a Social Security appeal has four levels:
- Hearing by an administrative law judge (ALJ)
- Review by the Appeals Council
- Federal Court review
When Social Security disability claims are denied after initial determination, claimants may ask for review of the case by requesting for reconsideration. This is an opportunity for claimants to present additional evidence to support their claim.
A claimant may disagree with the reconsideration decision and may request hearing with the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). During the hearing, a claimant may present new information and will be asked to present expert witnesses such as qualified medical doctors.
This is the final level of administrative review in a claimant’s case. Here, the Appeals Council may review the request for review or deny it. If the Council decides to review the claimant’s case, it may either decide on the case or return it to the ALJ for further review.
Federal Court Review
If the Appeals Council decides not to review a case or the claimant disagrees with their decision, he/ she may file a lawsuit with the federal district court.
Seeking Legal Assistance
Aside from being medically-based, Social Security claims require expert advice of a disability attorney. This is to make sure that all the necessary procedures are being met and all documents and evidences are properly filed.
With years of experience in handling claims, our Social Security disability lawyers in Los Angeles can ease your problems in pursuing your Social Security appeals. Dial our toll-free number or fill-out our case evaluation form for free legal advice.
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