A attorney is important in helping applicants for disability benefits understand each and every stage of the application process. Typically, this process begins with the initial application period. If an application is denied, the second stage is reconsideration. Upon further denial, the third stage involves requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
The representation of a attorney is, of course, important when initially applying for benefits, but such representation becomes crucial when the applicant is initially denied benefits and must file a “Request for Reconsideration.” Such a request is the first appeal available to claimants that have unsuccessfully filed an application for disability benefits.
Claimants are required to state the issue they are appealing, as well as their reason for disagreement with the Social SecurityAdministration’s (SSA) finding. Claimants also have the option, based upon the circumstances, whether they desire to have a case review, formal conference, or informal conference.
A request for a reconsideration must be made within sixty (60) days of the notice of denial of a claim. If a request for reconsideration is made in writing within 10 days after receipt of the notice, any payments made by the SSA will continue until the reconsideration determination, as long as other SSI eligibility requirements are met by the applicant. Upon reconsideration, a different SSA examiner will review the case and determine if condition rises to the level of a disability. However, as the qualifications for disability under the reconsideration process are the same, a claimant may once again be denied. Approval rates are low and, at best, one in five may find success while in some places in the United States, only one in 12.
Careful planning is essential to receiving the most from Social Security benefits and an experienced attorney may provide invaluable assistance. Do you have a potential Social Security disability claim? Was your claim denied and are ready to file for a reconsideration? To improve your chances of meeting all of the requirements for the allowance of a claim (and avoiding the denial of benefits), retain the services of a qualified Kentucky attorney. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today. We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.