First Time SSD Applicants
Applying for Disability Benefits? Let us Help
The Social Security Disability process can seem overwhelming, especially if you are trying to navigate the system while you are ill or injured and worrying about how your family will survive without your income. Submitting an application without the proper supporting documentation or other mistakes can lead to a denial of your claim. In fact, 65% of initial applications are denied, as are 91% of applications submitted for reconsideration (the first-level appeal).
With two-thirds of all first-time applications for SSD denied, it is important that your SSD application be complete and accurate from the get-go. Denial of your application means a delay in receiving vital benefits for you and your family as you go through the lengthy appeals process. Our attorneys handle only SSD cases, so we know what information is most likely to result in your application being approved. Hiring an attorney before you file your SSD application can significantly increase your chances of approval, which means you can stop worrying about your finances, and instead focus on your health.
Request for Reconsideration
Don’t give up if your initial application is denied for Social Security Disability Benefits
The next step in seeking SSD benefits if you are denied during the initial application process is to file an appeal of the decision. The first step in the appeals process is called a request for reconsideration. The disability reconsideration review will be assigned to a disability review examiner from the Disability Determination Services (DDS) office to handle your review. Keep in mind that this examiner will probably not have been involved in your initial SSD application process.
You will need to send a notice of intent to the SSA to appeal your benefits within 60 days of receiving your denial as the first step in the process. You need to know that most claims are denied during the reconsideration review.
The Good Law Group can help you with this step of the appeals process.
Social Security Disability Hearings
Every year around 53 percent of all applications for Social Security Disability benefits are denied according to a report from the Social Security Administration (SSA). When a person in Illinois receives a notice, informing them that they have been found ineligible for SSD benefits, the person is also informed that they have the right to appeal that decision.
Applicants have a limited amount of time to file their appeal, which is heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in what is called a hearing. Due to the high number of appeals, it is important to understand that a SSD case can take up to a year or longer before it is heard.
During that time applicants can improve their chances for approval by preparing for the hearing. The Good Law group is experienced in ensuring that clients are will represented during their hearings and also that they are well informed as to what will occur during their hearings.
Appeal Before the Appeals Council
When a Social Security disability claimant’s application is denied after the initial review, there are a number of steps the claimant can make to appeal the denial and continue pursuing disability benefits. The first step is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). If the claimant’s appeal is denied again at the ALJ stage, he or she can move forward by appealing the denial to the Appeals Council.
The Appeals Council looks at all requests it receives, but it may deny your request for review if it believes that the decision of the ALJ was correct. If the Appeals Council grants your request for review, it may choose to decide the case itself or send it back to a different ALJ for a second disability hearing.
As with other levels of review, you may provide updated information detailing your disability and its negative impact on your ability to work. This is best done with a law firm who is experienced in Social Security Disability Benefits. The Good Law Group is experienced in all levels of the appeals process.
Appeal in Federal Court
Appealing a denial of Social Security Disability (SSD) can be a long and stressful process. There are many levels of the appeals process and after experiencing multiple denials, applicants may feel like they are out of options. However, the last step in the appeals process is the level where most disability applicants are ultimately awarded benefits. Before giving up on your case, consider appealing your denial to a Federal District Court.
Once you receive a denial from the Appeals Council, you have 60 days to appeal the decision in Federal Court. Due to federal law, the case will not be able to be brought against the Social Security Administration (SSA). Instead, the lawsuit will be filed against the current Social Security Commissioner. Applicants can either file a Complaint themselves or hire an experienced SSD attorney to help them with their case. Consider the Good Law Group for representation of your case in Federal Court.
The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) assigned to hear your Social Security case is significant because they control the outcome. This part of our website is designed so you can learn the ALJ’s approval and denial rating in every state of the country. As you can see from the data provided, there are some judges who approve the majority of cases and some who approve nearly none. Use this search function to learn about the ALJ assigned to your case.