Social Security Disability Appeals and Hearings

SSD-Appeals-and-HearingAt the law office of Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A., our Broward County social security disability attorneys are committed to helping clients obtain the disability benefits to which they are entitled by law.

If your benefits are denied, it is important to appeal the denial immediately or risk losing the right to appeal altogether.

An appeal must be made, in writing, within 60 days of receipt of the denial of SSI benefits. There are four basic levels of appeal:

  • Re-considerations
  • Administrative hearings
  • Appeals Council reviews
  • Federal court reviews

Reconsideration hearings

Once your benefits are denied, you can request a Reconsideration, the first level of appeal, by submitting a Request for Reconsideration and a Reconsideration Report.

At this level, injured workers may present new evidence, such as additional medical records, doctor statements, or treatment information.

If your claim was denied because your medical evidence is insufficient, the SSA may refer you to a doctor for a consultative examination (CE).

Administrative hearings

If your benefits are denied after reconsideration, the next step is to request a hearing with the help of an experienced Pompano and Delray disability attorney.

A hearing is conducted by an administrative law judge, and it is a lot like a mini trial. Because of this, you must attend the hearing fully prepared to present new, persuasive evidence, such as:

  • Doctor testimony
  • Vocational expert testimony
  • Other witness testimony
  • Medical reports
  • Treatment information
  • Prognosis
  • Non‑medical information from employers, healthcare professionals, and others

A Broward County disability lawyer can help you and your witnesses prepare testimony, and prepare to be questioned by the administrative judge.

Appeals Council reviews

Sometimes an administrative hearing is not enough to overturn a denial. In this case, you and your disability attorneys can request a review from the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council may do one of three things:

  • Deny your request for review if it believes the hearing decision is correct
  • Return your claim to an administrative law judge for further review
  • Review your claim

Federal court review

If the Appeals Council denies your request for review or denies your benefits, your final option is to file a lawsuit in a federal district court.

Our Delray and Pompano Beach social security disability lawyers are experienced with all levels of appeals, and are dedicated to providing aggressive litigation representation when necessary.

Contact Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A. for help with hearings

For help with appealing denials of your social security Disability benefits, contact Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A. online or at 561-687-5660 to arrange a consultation with one of our knowledgeable disability lawyers.

We offer evening and weekend appointments in our offices in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, in Orlando, and throughout Florida.

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