Did the Social Security Administration (SSA) deny your claim for disability benefits? You have the right to file an appeal and fight for the benefits you deserve. In fact, the disability appeal process has a number of stages, so even if the first one does not result in a favorable outcome, you still have several attempts to get benefits.
A Delaware, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer from Berger and Green can help you through this process. Our job is to connect disabled workers in Ohio with the benefits they deserve.
At Berger and Green, we always put the needs of our clients first. When we represent disabled workers in Social Security cases, we never collect a fee until our clients recover benefits. That means you can have us on your side at no financial risk to you.
At your free initial case evaluation, we will review your claim and the reasons it got denied, and then we will help you devise an appeal strategy. To learn more about how the Berger and Green team can help you with your disability appeal starting, call us today for a free case evaluation at (412) 661-1400.
How to Appeal Your Social Security Disability (SSD) Denial
A Social Security Disability (SSD) denial is not a final answer. In fact, you have many opportunities to challenge your denial and get the decision reversed through the various stages of the process. The first is to file a request for reconsideration.
Request for Reconsideration
A request for reconsideration is a formal letter stating that you disagree with the denial and would like the SSA to take a second look.
This step must be taken before you can move to subsequent stages in the appeals process, including an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing. You must file your reconsideration request within 60 days of receiving your initial denial.
If you have already received notification that you were denied benefits, do not delay. A Delaware, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer from Berger and Green can help you get started on the appeals process today.
If the SSA does not approve your reconsideration request, you may then ask for a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). This hearing may be conducted in person or via videoconference, and it is a good idea to have a lawyer present, who will make sure that your medical evidence is complete and will argue your case on your behalf.
Berger and Green’s Delaware, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) attorneys have helped clients win benefits at ALJ hearings, and we can help you prepare for yours. To get started today with a free case evaluation, call us at (412) 661-1400.
The ALJ hearing stage offers the best approval chances of any step of the appeals process. But if it does not pan out for you, you may take your case to a body known as the Appeals Council. This group will review your appeal and decide whether to approve it, uphold the denial, or ask the ALJ to take another look.
If the Appeals Council does not approve your claim or ask the ALJ to review your case again, you can present your case in Federal Court.
For a free legal consultation with a lawyer serving Delaware, call (412) 661-1400
Social Security Disability Requirements
You must meet strict qualifying criteria to receive Social Security Disability. These requirements include both medical and non-medical qualifications. The medical criteria are the same for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The non-medical requirements differ from one program to the other.
The medical requirements are the same for SSDI and SSI. Social Security requires full disability to receive benefits. This means that if you are able to work, you may not get approved for disability. Most disability recipients cannot work at all, and those who can are typically employed in very limited part-time jobs or in sporadic or seasonal positions.
If you are not able to work full-time, we may be able to get you approved for benefits. It may be worth your time to sit down for a free case evaluation and discuss your specific situation. Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400.
SSDI and SSI have very different non-medical qualifying criteria. SSDI is an insurance program funded by payroll taxes, so if you do not have a substantial work history and thus have not paid much in these taxes, you may get denied on a non-medical basis if you apply for SSDI.
In contrast, SSI is a benefits program for those in need, so having a long employment history is not required. However, the program has strict income and asset caps. You must prove you have a true financial need in order to qualify.
We will look at your financial records and identify any potential challenges when it comes to qualifying non-medically.
To start the process today with a free case evaluation, call us at (412) 661-1400.
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We Handle Cases on Contingency
We understand how difficult it can be to make ends meet while you are waiting on disability benefits. For this reason, we take cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means that you owe us nothing upfront and pay us no attorney’s fees unless and until you win your case. Once you have won your case, our team takes our fee out of the back pay you receive. There is no risk for you when you enlist our help.
Call Berger and Green for a Free Case Evaluation Today
The Delaware, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyers at Berger and Green will fight for the benefits you deserve. If you were denied Social Security Disability, we can help. To learn more about how a lawyer can help, call us today for a free consultation: (412) 661-1400.