If you were recently denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Liberty Township, Ohio, a Social Security attorney from Berger and Green can help you file an appeal and help you start receiving the benefits to which you are entitled.
An initial denial of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is not final, and many diligent applicants are able to get the decision reversed on appeal. A disability lawyer from Berger and Green can help with this process. We have a long and successful track record of helping clients with disabling medical conditions collect Social Security benefits.
Our Social Security Disability attorneys understand the appeals process inside and out. Our goal is to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for you, and, most importantly, fight to get you the benefits to which you are entitled. We have helped many clients across Ohio collect benefits, even after initial denials. We offer a free case evaluation and never collect a fee until you get benefits.
To learn more about how a Liberty Township, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer can help with your case, speak with a member of the Berger and Green team today at (412) 661-1400. The initial consultation is free.
Appealing Your Denial of Social Security Disability Benefits
You have a limited time from the date you receive your notice of denial to act and begin the appeals process. The stages of filing a Social Security Disability (SSD) appeal are as follows:
The Reconsideration Stage
Within 60 days of getting denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you must initiate the first step of the appeals process, which is to file a request for reconsideration with the SSA.
You may attach as much supplemental evidence as you please, and your lawyer can help you with this process. Berger and Green has helped clients win disability benefits at the reconsideration stage. However, even if you receive a subsequent denial, we can help you take your appeal to the next phase.
The Hearing Stage
The hearing stage allows you to argue your case in person in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). This Judge is appointed by the SSA to hear disability cases. We can request a hearing date on your behalf, if there is sufficient time to do so. You can present evidence, and the ALJ will ask you questions. You are allowed to bring an attorney to your hearing. Your attorney can argue your case on your behalf.
Berger and Green has participated in many ALJ hearings, and we have a strong track record of success. We will help you prepare for your hearing, and once there, we will put forward a compelling case on your behalf.
The Appeals Council
In the event you receive a denial at the hearing stage, you can request that the Appeals Council review your claim.
The Federal Court
If the Appeals Council upholds the denial, you can take your claim to Federal Court.
A Liberty Township, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyer will stand by you throughout the appeals process. For a free consultation, call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 today.
For a free legal consultation with a social security disability lawyer serving Liberty Township, call 412-219-5084
Requirements for Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability has strict medical and non-medical qualifying criteria. The medical requirements are the same for both SSDI and SSI, while the non-medical standards differ substantially.
Both SSDI and SSI require you to be fully disabled. By the SSA’s definition, that means you are incapable of obtaining and maintaining gainful employment due to your medical condition.
The non-medical requirements for Social Security Disability depend on the program to which you are applying. If you are seeking SSDI benefits, you must have a sufficient work history that shows you have paid enough in payroll taxes to be eligible to file a claim. Since SSDI is set up like an insurance program, your payroll taxes are tantamount to premiums.
SSI is very different. As a means-tested benefits program for the needy, it has no tax or work history requirements. However, you must prove that you have a legitimate financial need. If your total income and total assets fall below certain levels, you may qualify.
Unlike the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the SSA does not offer partial benefits. It considers you either fully disabled or not disabled.
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You Can Afford a Lawyer
Many people do not obtain a lawyer because they think they cannot afford legal help. We understand that you might be in dire financial straits without disability benefits. This is why we handle cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you owe us nothing upfront and no attorney’s fees unless you get benefits. We will advance all the expenses related to your case, taking nothing out of your pocket upfront.
If you win your case, we simply take a portion of the back pay you received. A member of our team will explain our fee in more depth during your free initial consultation.
We Can Also Help with Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Cases
In some cases, your disability may stem from a work-related injury or another party’s negligence. In addition to helping you recover Social Security Disability benefits, we can also help you file a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. Let us help you fight for all the compensation and benefits to which you are entitled.
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See How a Liberty Township, OH Social Security Disability (SSD) Lawyer Can Help You Today
The sooner you act on your appeal, the sooner you can start collecting the Social Security Disability benefits to which you are entitled. A disability attorney from Berger and Green can help. To get started today, call (412) 661-1400.