Hearing And Review

Your Next Step After A Denied Claim

If your initial application for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is denied — and most applications are denied — there are next steps available to you. You must take action to request them, and you must prepare for them.

No matter how far into the process you are, having a lawyer on your side can make it easier on you. The skilled disability lawyers at the Law Offices of Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt, LLC, are experienced in appealing denied claims and can help you navigate the process.

What To Expect From An Administrative Hearing

If your initial application is denied, you have 60 days to ask for an administrative hearing. During this hearing, an administrative law judge will consider medical evidence from your doctors and testimony offered by you. The judge will then base the decision on the evidence before him or her, ignoring previous denials and the reasons for them.

This type of hearing is informal and represents the best opportunity to have your application approved at the administrative level.

Facing An Appeals Council Review

If your appeal at your hearing is unsuccessful, you have 60 days to ask for an additional review from the Appeals Council. Prior to this review, we send in a written argument that we prepare. You may not supply new evidence to be considered. As part of the review, the Social Security Administration Appeals Council will review your file along with any additional argument that we submitted.

Get Your Best Possible Shot

Having an experienced attorney is crucial: Our team knows what to do and will prepare most documents and paperwork for you. Furthermore, our experience means we are especially able to identify compelling reasons why the Social Security Administration (SSA) should reconsider your request.

To get our help, just call our Birmingham office at 205-208-7980, or send us an email through our online form. We will help you prepare for the hearing or review that could get you the benefits you need.