What Do I Do If My Disability Case is Denied?
Most importantly, don’t give up. It’s frustrating when the government denies your claim for disability. And while the process to appeal can be a complex process, you can still win on appeal.
The majority of people who apply are turned down. But at Morgan, Collins and Yeast, we want to help turn your denial into an approval.
During the appeal process, there are four levels:
- Reconsideration: This is a review of your claim by someone who was not involved in the original decision. Your original evidence is reviewed along with any new information you provide.
- Hearing by an Administration Law Judge (ALJ): These hearings take place in the Social Security Administration’s offices. At this stage, you get to present your evidence before a judge who will issue a ruling. Most cases are won at this level.
- Review by Appeals Council: If the ALJ denies your case, you may ask the Appeal Council for a review. At this stage, the Appeals Council may return your case to the ALJ for a new hearing.
- Federal Court Review: If you disagree with the Appeals Council decision, you can file a lawsuit in Federal District Court. You must have an attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in Kentucky to represent you at this level.
No matter where you are in the appeals process, you are strongly encouraged to get legal help. If you were denied, your case isn’t over; contact us for a free evaluation.
Important – If you received a denial letter, the clock is ticking. You only have 60 days to file an appeal. Don’t miss this important deadline!
Your hearing is often the most critical stage in your case. This hearing before the Administrative Law Judge is the best chance to present your evidence in person. It’s very important that you and your evidence are fully prepared. If you’ve received a denial letter, we strongly recommend you call us for help.
Our team of disability attorneys will:
- Prepare your case and set the strategy
- Analyze your Social Security file
- Prepare you to testify
- Gather all the evidence from your doctors and other medical providers
- Question witness
- Cross-examine any medical and vocational experts at your hearing
Social Security sometimes brings in expert witnesses to provide testimony. Our attorneys know how to present evidence to help your chances and to cross-examine these experts, if necessary.
The Majority of People Who Win Benefits Work with a Lawyer
Social Security’s own statistics show you have a better chance of winning disability benefits when you have representation. Since there are no legal fees if you don’t win benefits, the decision to get legal help is an easy one.
The attorneys at Morgan, Collins and Yeast have the experience and knowledge of disability law to help with your appeal. Contact us now for a free evaluation of your claim.