Social Security Disability Appeals Process continued
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After a refusal of benefits at
the reconsideration level (level two), you have 60 more days to ask for
a hearing or "second appeal."
At your appeal hearing, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will create
another opinion based on the proof offered before him or her. Somewhere
around 20 days before your hearing, you will be notified by mail of the
time, date and location of your hearing. The Social Security
Administration attempts to keep the hearing location within 75 miles of
where you reside. You and your representative (if you have one) must go
to the hearing. Your representative could be a friend, Social Security
Advocate or, preferably, a Social Security disability lawyer who is
experienced in Social Security disability law and court procedure.
You will need to deliver any proof of your disability and other,
possibly new, supporting evidence to the judge as soon as possible.
During your hearing the judge will listen to your testimony and may
witnesses you brought. The ALJ has the right to ask other
witnesses (such as specialist experts) questions to get details
regarding your application. You will respond to queries under oath, so
you must tell the truth. Your Social Security disability lawyer may also
question witnesses, submit evidence and fight for your claim. The ALJ
will make a determination, then you and your Social Security disability
lawyer will be informed of the choice.
In some cases, your attorney will
ask for a determination on the record, which means the ALJ reviews your
application and provides a decision based on the paperwork submitted
without holding an actual hearing.
Please get in touch with the knowledgeable SSDI legal professionals at
The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today to request a FREE disability evaluation. Simply
fill out the form on this page. Let us help you get the SSDI benefits for which you are eligible. We have many offices
in Atlanta and throughout
the U.S. with regional, knowledgeable Social Security disability
lawyers, and we can help you the same way we’ve assisted thousands of
other families across the nation and around Atlanta, Georgia.
SSDI Level Four
If you are declined Social
Security disability benefits at level three, the hearing level, you can
appeal your application once more within 60 days of receipt of the
Administrative Law Judge’s decision. At this level of the process, you
can ask for an evaluation by the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council
will review the disability hearing determination performed in level
three and decide if it was the proper choice according to law. You must
know that only 3% of level three applicants receive an attractive
outcome during level four. According to recent data released by the Social Security
Administration, the normal delay time for a determination on the third
appeal is about 230 days.
If you have become incapable and are unable to work to provide for you
and/or your family, it is prudent to have a knowledgeable Social
Security disability lawyer helping you fight for your benefits. The
Social Security disability lawyers at The Cochran Firm Disability
Lawyers have assisted
thousands of people just like you to get the settlement they deserved.
Please fill out a form on this page and request your FREE Social
Security disability evaluation. There are Cochran Firm Disability
Lawyers Social Security
disability attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia.
Less than one percent of SSDI
candidates ever make it to level five of the process: Federal District
Court (FDC). Somewhere around 30% of the applicants that arrive at this
level are approved. A very small portion of applicants at the FDC level receive a
favorable award because in most cases, the Federal District Court sends the
applicant back to the hearing level for a second hearing instead of
Granting of Social Security
If your benefits are granted, the
guideline for actually receiving your payment is:
• Two to four weeks for benefits granted at level one and level two
• One to three months for benefits granted at levels three and four.
Remember, these are guidelines and your specific case may vary.
A challenging method is used to calculate what you will get. Your per
month payment is determined by your life-time income. The best way to
get a close estimate of your benefit award is to ask the Social Security
Administration or use one of their
disability benefits calculators.
After Social Security Disability Benefits Are Awarded
Your qualifications for SSDI
benefits will be reviewed occasionally. These reviews are generally
performed at one, three, five or seven years. For example, if you have a
disability that is predicted to improve, your benefits will be
re-evaluated around time the condition was predicted to be improved. If
the condition is predicted to last indefinitely the re-evaluation may be
performed randomly at one of the intervals above.
Please fill out a form on this page right away to get in touch with the
knowledgeable SSDI legal professionals at The Cochran Firm Disability
Lawyers to request a
FREE disability evaluation. Let us help you get the Social Security
disability insurance benefits for which you are eligible. We have offices throughout the United States including an office in
Atlanta. We can help you the
same way we’ve assisted thousands of other people across the nation. Our
local Social Security disability lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia are waiting
for you to fill out the form today!
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