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  Social Security Disability Benefits Overview

Social Security Disability Process

Do you have questions about the Social Security Disability benefits application process? At the Barnett Law Firm, we provide comprehensive legal help to people through the application process, including initial applications and appeals.

Attorney Hank Barnett has been protecting the rights of the injured and disabled for more than two decades. As your lawyer, he can assist you through the steps of obtaining benefits.

Everyone who applies for Social Security Disability benefits goes through the following steps in obtaining a favorable decision:

Initial application: Involves a substantial amount of paperwork, but no formal appearance is required in front of a judge or otherwise. This stage may take between four to six months.

Reconsideration: If the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes a finding you are “not disabled,” you can request they “reconsider” their denial by filing additional forms and filling out additional paperwork. At this stage, you may be asked to be evaluated by a doctor paid for by SSA. A different adjudicator will then make a decision on your claim. This stage may take between two to four months.

Hearing: If you are found “not disabled” at the reconsideration stage, you can request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. After filing additional paperwork to update the SSA on your condition, you will be given the opportunity to appear in front of a judge to plead your case. The length of time from the date you file the hearing request to actually appear before a judge depends on the part of the state in which you live and how many claimants are awaiting hearings in that area. This stage may take from six months to over two years.

If the judge finds you “not disabled,” you can appeal this decision initially to the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council, and then to the federal District Court.





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