Don't give up hope. Over 60 percent of Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits claims are denied initially, but this does not mean that you are not disabled or that you do not deserve disability benefits. At Disability Claim Consultants, we will walk you through the entire Social Security appeals process, fighting for your right to receive the benefits you deserve. From our office in Omaha, Nebraska, we represent individuals throughout the region, including residents in western Iowa.
If your initial application was denied, you have 60 days to request a reconsideration. When you work with Disability Claim Consultants, we will file a request for reconsideration as soon as we are notified of your claim's denial, often the very next day and within the first seven to 10 days. There is no reason to wait 60 days. By acting quickly, we can eliminate months of delay in deciding your claim.
Almost 80 percent of claims are denied at the reconsideration level. We will assist you with the second stage of the Social Security appeals process, an administrative hearing before an administrative law judge. Your hearing is the only opportunity to present your case in person before the judge. We will help you prepare your testimony, gather any additional medical or vocational evidence, and attend the hearing with you as your advocate. We have had the most success in securing benefits at this level of appeal, having an 87 percent success rate.
It can take up to one year for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to schedule a hearing to appear before an administrative law judge. Our Omaha disability appeals consultants can submit "on-the-record" requests in an effort to minimize this amount of time. We will prepare and submit a brief to the judge detailing the nature of your claim and why we think you qualify for disability benefits without the need for a formal hearing. The judge can then review the request and make a decision to award your benefits or put your case back in line to schedule a hearing.
Many SSD/SSI consulting companies and lawyers choose not to file on-the-record requests because of the time and energy they require. At Disability Claim Consultants, our goal is to help you receive benefits in a timely fashion - we are more than willing to make the effort on your behalf to prepare and file these requests.
If the judge denies your request for benefits, you have 60 days to request a review of the hearing decision before the SSA's own appeals council. We will review the judge's hearing decision to determine if he/she has made any errors in law to be submitted on appeal to the Appeals Council. If errors have been made, a brief will be filed on appeal outlining the judge's mistakes. The council will then review the judge's decision and then make its decision to either award benefits, send your claim back for further processing or affirm the judge's decision.
The final stage of appeals, should the SSA council deny your claim, is to appeal the decision in federal district court. After reviewing all the evidence in your case, the federal judge can award disability benefits, deny benefits or send your case back for an additional appeals hearing.
At Disability Claim Consultants, we provide the caring, proactive and aggressive representation that has helped thousands of people just like you. Let our experience make the difference. Contact us by calling 402-422-1000 locally or 877-686-2244 toll free today to get started. We don't get paid unless you do!