A large percentage of Social Security disability claims are denied, and many of them are perfectly legitimate. However, don’t let that discourage you. Whether you’re eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the Ohio Social Security disability attorneys at Jones Law Group can help you file a request for reconsideration. If your claim is denied at the reconsideration level, we can represent you at your hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
At Jones Law Group, we’re dedicated to helping clients get the Social Security disability benefits they deserve. We provide superior legal representation at all stages of the disability claims process. If your application for Social Security disability benefits is denied, our attorneys can file an appeal on your behalf and gather further medical evidence in support of your claim.
After your initial application is denied, you may request a reconsideration of your application. During the reconsideration stage, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will take another look at your application to determine whether it should be approved. When you file a request for reconsideration, you could provide additional medical evidence and other information to support your claim. If you receive a second denial at the reconsideration stage, don’t give up. Only a small percentage of claimants secure benefits at the reconsideration stage.
If your application is denied during the reconsideration stage, you can request a hearing before an ALJ. Statistics show that you have a greater chance of winning benefits at the hearing stage, which is why it is often a good idea to request a hearing. You only have 60 days from the date of the reconsideration’s denial to request a hearing. Moreover, you have to submit any new evidence you want the ALJ to consider with the request for hearing or within 10 days of filing the request.
The ALJ will take another look at your claim and any new medical evidence you’ve submitted. The ALJ may want you to have other medical exams or tests done, and may request that witnesses, such as medical experts and vocational experts, attend the hearing. Medical experts interpret your medical records, while vocational experts give an opinion about what jobs you can do. You can also ask the ALJ to order one or two specific witnesses to be at your hearing. Ask people you know who are highly familiar with your disability to be witnesses at your hearing.
Having one of our Social Security disability lawyers represent you can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Jones Law Group has a strong track record in successfully representing claimants in Social Security disability cases in Ohio. If you have questions about your Social Security disability application or the appeals process, please contact our office.
Our attorneys understand the complex rules the SSA follows to make a decision about your case. Request a free consultation with our team at any stage of the application process to get answers to your questions or receive an analysis of your case. Call (614) 545-9998 or contact us online to get in touch.
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A special thank you to Jones Law Group attorneys Kevin Larrimer and Nick Kolitsos for helping me with my STRS disability claim. They are both very competent and well versed in Ohio STRS disability law and were able to succeed in my claim where I was unable on my own. I want to believe that […]