When you work your entire adult life, paying into the Social Security system, you can only expect that if you become disabled, you will have access to the benefits you paid for. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration denies most initial claims for benefits, and waiting for appeals can take months or even years.
If your claim for Social Security Disability benefits was denied, you may need legal help from the Connecticut Social Security Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm. We want to learn about your claim, so we can help you get the benefits that you’re owed.
After you’ve been denied, you have sixty days to file an appeal with the Social Security Administration. There are four levels to the appeals process…
- Reconsideration Someone other than the person who made the original decision on your claim will review your claim and any new evidence you provide.
- Hearing You and your representative will present your case to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
- Appeals Council Your request for an Appeals Council review can be denied; however, if accepted, the Appeals Council will issue a decision or return the appeal to an ALJ for review.
- Federal Court Review Your attorney may file a civil lawsuit in a Federal District Court.
You and your attorney will pass through each of these four steps until your appeal is either approved or denied. If your claim is denied, you do have the option to file a new application if you have new material evidence. If you have questions about the Social Security Disability appeals process, speak with the Connecticut Social Security Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm today. We’ll be glad to answer your questions and help you file your appeal.