If you applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) in Falls Township, Ohio, and received a denial, you have many options to appeal this decision and start collecting benefits. Whether your application was for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a disability lawyer from Berger and Green can help you put forward a compelling appeal and start collecting the Social Security Disability benefits to which you are entitled.
At Berger and Green, we have dedicated many years to helping clients with disabling medical conditions collect Social Security benefits. We want to put our experience and resources to work for you. Our firm believes that honesty, transparency, and communication are paramount, and our goal is to make the appeals process as easy and stress-free as possible for you. We offer a free case evaluation and do not collect a fee until you receive benefits.
To learn more about Berger and Green and how a Falls Township, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer can help you collect SSDI or SSI benefits, call us at (412) 661-1400.
Make Sure You Are Aware of How the Appeals Process Works
As soon as you receive a notice of denial on your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, you should start planning out your appeal. Each stage of the process has strict deadlines, so you will want to get started as soon as possible. You may want to familiarize yourself with the stages of the appeals process below:
The Reconsideration Stage
Once you receive your denial from the SSA, you have 60 days from the time you received your denial to file a request for reconsideration.
The SSA will review your reconsideration request along with any additional evidence you submit with it. It will either decide to approve your claim on appeal or confirm your denial.
If your request for reconsideration is denied, there is still hope. The next stage of the appeals process, the hearing stage, offers the best statistical chance of getting approved.
The Hearing Stage
If there is sufficient time, we can request a hearing date on your behalf. At the hearing stage, you have the opportunity to argue your case in person in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). You should bring a lawyer to this hearing, and they can present your case on your behalf.
Our team has years of experience arguing disability appeals at ALJ hearings, and we have a strong track record of getting approvals for our clients.
The Appeals Council
The Appeals Council is a board that will review your appeal in the event of a denial by the ALJ at the hearing stage. The Appeals Council can approve your claim, deny it, or send it back to the ALJ for another look.
The Federal Court
Finally, if you exhaust all four stages above, you have the right to appeal your case in federal court.
To see how a Falls Township, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer can help you, call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400.
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You Must Meet Specific Social Security Disability Criteria
To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet a long list of strict requirements. The medical requirements are the same regardless of whether you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. However, the two programs have very different non-medical requirements, which involve your income, assets, and work history.
The medical requirements for both SSDI and SSI depend in large part on your specific medical condition, but in general, you need to convince the SSA that your condition prevents you from maintaining gainful employment.
If you can work a job for which you are qualified and that allows you to earn a living, you could be denied for both SSDI and SSI. In some cases, claimants are able to work but in a limited way. We can help you fight for benefits, even if you are able to do some work.
Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income have many different non-medical requirements.
You will only qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if you have obtained enough work credits. Workers receive a certain amount of credits each year; your age determines the amount of work credits you need. If your work history is too sparse, you will most likely get denied on a non-medical basis.
Supplemental Security Income, in contrast, is a program for those with a demonstrated financial need. In order to qualify, therefore, you must show that your total income and total assets fall below certain levels. These levels are very low.
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What a Lawyer Can Do for You
Obtaining the benefits you need to get by can be difficult, especially when you are living with a disabling injury or medical condition and attempting to keep up with daily life. Fortunately, you do not need to handle the process alone. A lawyer from our team can do the following for you:
- Review your application to ensure its accuracy
- File a request for reconsideration on your behalf
- Represent you in front of an Administrative Law Judge, if necessary
- Represent you in front of the Appeals Council, if necessary
- File a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim if your disability was the result of a work injury or another person’s negligence
Contact Berger and Green Today for a Free Case Evaluation
Do not delay in acting on your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) denial. A Falls Township, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer at Berger and Green can help you get started on your appeal today. We will fight for the Social Security benefits you deserve and help you get approved. We do not get paid until you get SSI benefits. For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, call (412) 661-1400.