At Disability Law Office we understand where you are coming from. You have worked hard, all your life, paid your taxes on time, and are a responsible citizen. If disaster strikes and you are injured at work, or something out of your control changes what you can and can’t do. You need to consider all the ramifications of an injury that deprives you of your income, security, and stability.
Disability Law is here to help you through every step of this difficult process and we know that like most people, you don’t know how this process works. We are here to answer any questions you may have, and make all the essential contacts and appointments on your behalf. We run interference between you and a sometimes overzealous Social Security Administration (SSA) staff to make sure you get the benefits you deserve quickly and with much less stress and anxiety.
Taking Every Opportunity to Get the Benefits You Deserve
There are several stages in the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability claim process. At each stage, your benefits can be approved or denied. If your claim is denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal. The stages are:
Your application is your first opportunity to obtain SSD or SSI benefits. The SSA takes an average of five months to decide on benefits applications. About two-thirds of applications are initially denied, but hiring an attorney who will work with your doctor and help you with your application can increase your chances.
If your application is denied, you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge within the SSA. It takes an average of a year and half to get a hearing, but this can be expedited in certain situations. Many claims that are initially denied are eventually approved at the hearing stage.
Appeals Council Review
The Appeals Council is the final decision-maker within the SSA. If your claim is still denied after your hearing, we can request an Appeals Council review. The Appeals Council can affirm the hearing decision, order a new hearing, or reverse the decision.
Federal Court Appeal
If the Appeals Council denies your claim, you have the opportunity to bring a lawsuit against the agency in federal district court, arguing that its decision is not supported by the evidence. We are not afraid to appeal a case to federal court. In fact, we file more district court appeals than any other Northwest Law Office, and often appeal cases that other lawyers reject.
Obviously, the sooner you can get benefits, the better. We represent clients throughout the entire process, unlike many firms that will only get involved if your initial application is denied. We also have a strong record of success at each stage of the appeals process.
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