Denied Disability Benefits? Here’s Your Next Step.
A Social Security Disability (SSD) denial can be crushing. You were counting on those benefits to ease your burdens after health problems forced you from work.
But you should know there’s still hope of winning life-changing disability income and Medicare eligibility. In many states, your first step is to ask Social Security for a reconsideration.
That process can lead to a reversal of your disability denial. But even if you’re denied again, you still have more chances to win benefits in a multi-step appeals process.
At Levine Benjamin, our experienced disability lawyers can help guide you through what can seem like a cold, unfeeling process.
If you’re in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing or anywhere in Michigan, or you’re in Toledo or elsewhere Ohio, Levine Benjamin’s disability attorneys can put together everything you need to appeal your disability benefits denial.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.
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What Should I Expect In My Disability Reconsideration?
When you decide to file an appeal, you’ll often start by filling out a Request for Reconsideration form. You must do this within 60 days of your notice of denial.
From there, a Social Security Administration (SSA) official who was not involved in your original denial will evaluate your claim, along with any new evidence you’d like to submit.
This is usually handled internally at Social Security. There’s no need for you to be present.
At Levine Benjamin, we can help you figure out what went wrong on your application, and what evidence you can submit to make your request for reconsideration stronger.
It can be difficult to figure out what you’re missing—or if you have everything presented correctly.
Give us a call today and we’ll even evaluate your case at no charge to you.
What’s After Reconsideration?
Reconsideration can be the start of longer SSD appealing journey.
These are the next steps:
- Hearing: This is your only chance to plead your case in person. You’ll appear in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to explain why your health problems make it impossible for you to work.
- Appeals Council: If the ALJ denies you, this Council—a group within Social Security—can review your case to see if the judge made a mistake.
- Federal Court: If you’re denied again, you can sue Social Security in federal court and ask a federal judge to order changes to your disability decision.
This can all feel overwhelming. Let the lawyers at Levine Benjamin handle the legal issues and legwork, so you can focus on what’s most important: feeling your best.
In fact, a Government Accountability Office study found you’re almost three times more likely to win benefits at a hearing if you have representation.
Don’t take a chance on your future. Call Levine Benjamin today to start taking back control of your life.