Federal Appeals

Still Denied SSD Or SSI Benefits?

At the Law Offices of Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt, LLC, our attorneys strongly believe that if you cannot work due to injury, illness or disability, you are legally entitled to Social Security benefits. However, many deserving people are routinely denied these benefits after going through multiple stages of review.

If your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits has been denied after hearings before both the Administrative Court and Appeals Council, there is still one option left. Our attorneys can help you pursue a federal appeal.

Filing An Appeal In Federal Court

This process can be especially stressful since it is your last appeal option. There are a few important things to remember:

  • You have 60 days to file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court.
  • The court will not consider new evidence. Only the transcript (records) from your administrative hearing and your medical records will be considered by the judge.

Your lawyer will prepare a brief on your behalf, identifying reasons why your claim was wrongly denied. This can include arguments based on your medical condition, disability law or even procedural errors in your favor. Then, a federal district judge will review your case to determine if the Social Security Administration (SSA) was in error in denying your claim for benefits.

Our SSD and SSI lawyers are experienced in appearing in U.S. District Court. We understand what evidence and legal matters to focus on to settle your case successfully.