How to File Form HA-501-U5 in Detroit
When you’re dealing with bad health and you can’t work, Social Security disability income can be a financial lifeline. The trouble is, most people who apply get denied.
If this happened to you, don’t give up hope. You have the right to appeal.
And one of the key steps to a disability appeal is completing Form HA-501-U5. This form is called the “Request for Hearing By Administrative Law Judge.”
When you’re appealing a denial, you complete Form HA-501-U5 along with Form SSA-3441-BK (Disability Report – Appeal).
Once you receive a notice of denial, don’t wait to appeal. You face a 60-day deadline to request a hearing.
If you wait too long, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may reject any forms you send. You’ll be forced to file a new application and start over from the beginning.
Rather than spending time struggling with how best to complete this form, call a lawyer. At Levine Benjamin Law Firm, we’ll fill it out for you.
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What Information Do I Need to Complete Form HA-501-U5?
On this form, you officially notify Social Security that you want a hearing with an administrative law judge. Providing this notice to Social Security is the main purpose of this form.
After that, it asks you three main questions:
- Why do you disagree with the initial decision on your claim?
- Do you have new evidence to submit and from which sources?
- Do you want to appear in person at your hearing, or ask the judge to make a decision on the evidence alone?
Answer these questions carefully, because they set the stage for how your appeal will go.
This is an opportunity for you to begin building your case for overturning your denial.
The new evidence you submit could be crucial, because it adds to your case and might cover points you were lacking in your initial application.
And the decision on attending a hearing is crucial. Speaking with a judge is often the most important moment in your case and your only chance to meet face-to-face with a key decision-maker at Social Security.
Having the judge look at the evidence alone without meeting you could be risky. You may not want to give up the additional opportunity convince the judge that you need benefits.
When you answer the questions on this form, you need to think hard about the overall strategy for your appeal.
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Should I Get a Disability Attorney to Help Me with Form HA-501-U5?
If your disability claim was denied, we strongly recommend contacting a disability attorney.
Social Security has an entire separate legal system for disability claims. It’s complex. Working with someone who knows this system can make a difference for you.
Social Security’s own statistics have shown you have a better chance of winning benefits with a professional representative.
At Levine Benjamin Law Firm, one of our experienced disability attorneys can help you with all the forms necessary to launch your appeal and get a hearing.
We also help you gather your medical evidence, prepare to testify at your hearing and present a clear case to the judge.
If you were denied and want to appeal your disability claim, don’t wait to call us. The sooner you get us involved, the faster we can get to work on your case.
We will evaluate your case for FREE.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.