If the Social Security Administration (SSA) is terminating your benefits, hiring a lawyer might reduce your stress and make the process of appealing the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) decision easier.
The disability lawyers at Berger and Green can help. We have represented many clients throughout the appeals process and helped them fight for the benefits they deserve. Call 412-661-1400 today for a free consultation about your case.
Why Is the SSA Terminating My Benefits?
When you receive a written notice that the SSA is terminating your benefits, it should clearly outline the reasons for the denial. However, a termination is common after the SSA determines your condition has improved enough or you are making more than the income limits allow.
Because we know what the SSA is looking for in a qualifying claim, we can investigate the reason the SSA gave and evaluate whether an appeal will help your case. Often, we can file an appeal and provide evidence during a hearing that convinces a judge to overturn the decision to terminate your benefits.
For example, if the SSA believes you no longer suffer from a qualifying impairment, we can provide your latest lab results and imaging scans showing your condition has not improved.
Will I Continue to Receive Benefits During My Appeal?
You might. However, you must act quickly after receiving notice the SSA is terminating your disability benefits to request a continuance of your benefits.
If you cannot make ends meet without your monthly disability payments, this will allow you to keep getting the funds you desperately need. It is important to note, though, that if you lose your appeal, the SSA may determine this is an overpayment. This means you might have to pay back these benefits if you lose your appeal.
How Do I Request an Appeal?
To get continuing benefits, you have 10 days request an appeal hearing after receiving a notice the SSA is terminating your disability. You may have an attorney at all stages of the disability process, and having legal representation during your appeal can make a big difference. While our lawyers cannot make the process go any faster and we cannot give you any guarantees, we can help you fight for the benefits you need.
We instruct people to file their own appeal since they have only 10 days to file in order to continue getting benefits or medical coverage. This gets you a date on the calendar of a local Administrative Law Judge who can overturn the decision to terminate your disability benefits.
What Can I Expect During My Disability Appeals Hearing?
The primary way we help our clients recover the disability payments they deserve is by representing them during their appeals hearing. In Pennsylvania, this hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge is the first step in the appeals process. We fully evaluate your situation and try to build a solid case to show you qualify for disability before we go to your hearing.
On the day of the hearing, we present this case to the Administrative Law Judge. We can present new medical evidence to help us get the full disability payments you deserve. The Judge reevaluates every aspect of your claim and determines if she believes you qualify for benefits.
What Outcomes Are Possible After an Appeals Hearing?
Within a few weeks of this hearing, you will receive another notice from the SSA. This notice will tell us if the SSA approved your benefits, or if it still plans to terminate them. In many cases, we can help qualifying clients reinstate the benefits they deserve during this hearing.
However, we might need to continue the appeals process by requesting a review with the SSA Appeals Council. If we need to do this to have your benefits reinstated, we will. We will continue to fight for you until we exhaust all appeals options — or we get you the monthly cash payments you deserve. And remember, we handle cases on a contingency basis, which means you do not need to worry about paying us until after you win the reinstatement of your benefits.
How Can I Contact a Disability Lawyer About My Appeal?
The disability team from Berger and Green can help you navigate the appeals process and reinstate the disability benefits you deserve. We will help you understand the reason the SSA is terminating your payments and fight to help you keep them. Call us today at 412-661-1400 for a complimentary case review.