Denied? Our Disability Lawyers Can Help You Appeal.
Appealing your Social Security disability claim denial is often the most important part of your entire claim. If you applied for disability benefits and have been denied, you need legal council to help turn your denial into an approval.
Don’t be upset if you were denied. Social Security denies the majority of claimants the first time they apply. Here are some of the steps you can take to appeal your denial. It is important you have representation and assistance throughout the appeal process.
Generally, a Social Security disability appeal has four steps:
- Reconsideration Hearing – This is your time to submit additional evidence. If you were unable to prove your disability, this is your opportunity to gather medical evidence and proper job history at this stage to successfully appeal.
- Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) – If you were denied during your Reconsideration Hearing, you can take your case to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for additional appeals. This is an opportunity to present expert witnesses along with any additional medical evidence and job history that could be relevant to your case.
- Review by the Appeals Council - This is the final level of administrative review in your case. Here, the Appeals Council may review the request for review or deny it. If the Council decides to review your case, it may either decide on the case or return it to the ALJ for further review.
- Federal Court review - If the Appeals Council decides not to review your case or if you disagree with their decision, you may file a lawsuit with the federal district court.
With over 30 years experience in New Mexico and Texas, helping thousands of people like you appeal, The Jeff Diamond Law Firm is here to help you appeal your denial. We actively gather all the evidence you need to appeal and prepare your case so you have the best chance to win benefits.