Social Security Disability benefits offer a crucial safety net for anyone who can’t work for a year or more due to an illness, injury or other medical condition. They can also be difficult to obtain, even for some people who appear clearly eligible for benefits. That’s why it is vital that a person seeking benefits consult an experienced attorney.
The Garden City SSDI lawyers at Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco can help. We are a full-service firm whose attorneys have decades of combined legal experience in Social Security Disability cases. We also have a strong track record of successfully obtaining benefits for the people that we represent.
The Appeals Process
To get benefits, you have to file a claim with the Social Security Administration. You first have to show that you’re under the age of 65 and have paid a certain amount in taxes into the system. You also have to prove that you have an illness, injury, or other medical condition that has prevented you from working for at least one year or is expected to prevent you from working for at least one year.
Unfortunately, the SSA initially denies vast majority of claims filed (70 percent). That means you have to request the SSA to reconsider the decision and likely seek a hearing before an administrative law judge in order to keep your claim alive. You only have 60 days from receipt of a denial letter to start the appeal process.
These are the steps in the appeal process:
- Reconsideration: Requesting reconsideration means asking an SSA agent who wasn’t involved in the initial decision to take a look at your claim. It also creates the opportunity to present new evidence, which can be crucial to getting the claim approved.
- ALJ Hearing: An administrative law judge reviews the initial decision and the reconsideration decision in a hearing. This is another opportunity to submit evidence and to make your case in person, before the judge. Hearings are typically held within 75 miles of the benefits seeker’s home and can also be conducted by video.
- Appeals Council Review: If the judge agrees with the decision to deny your claim, you can ask the SSA appeals council to review the judge’s decision. The council can affirm the decision, reverse it or send the case back to the ALJ for additional review.
- Federal Court Review: This is the last option for a person whose claim is denied. You can ask a federal judge to review the decision and you have an opportunity to make arguments, with the help of a lawyer.
Talk With our Garden City SSI Disability Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one is considering seeking Social Security Disability benefits or appealing a claim denial, it’s vital that you get the advice and counsel of a seasoned lawyer. The Garden City SSDI lawyers at Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco. have significant experience helping people prepare, file, and defend disability benefits claims. We also have a record of proven success in the application process.
Our lawyers pride themselves on the personal attention that we give to each and every client. We work directly with clients to understand their unique individual circumstances and craft an approach that meets their needs.
To schedule an appointment with the Garden City SSDI lawyers at Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, call 516-745-5666 or contact us online. We offer a free consultation, with convenient office locations in Garden City, as well as New York City, Shirley, Riverhead, and Ronkonkoma.