Most people are denied disability benefits on their initial application. However, the denial letter is only the beginning of an extensive process that protects individuals with disabilities.
At McCormick & Vilushis LLC, our experienced Pennsylvania Social Security Disability attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities receive Social Security benefits.
There are many stages of SSDI and SSI appeals, including:
If your initial application was denied, you can request reconsideration with the Social Security Administration (SSA). This must be done within 60 days of the denial letter.
Social Security may want to send you to consultative evaluations. We do not recommend attending these evaluations. If you receive a letter from the SSA advising you of an appointment, you should call our office immediately. Do not respond to that letter until you have spoken with an attorney.
In reconsideration, you are allowed to submit additional medical evidence. We will make sure you have the right kind of medical and other evidence to give a true picture of your condition.
The reconsideration process usually takes between two to four months. Unfortunately, most people are denied again.
The next step is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. It can take more than a year to get a hearing date. While we are waiting for the hearing, we will work to build your medical record and we will submit the additional evidence as soon as possible. If we have outstanding evidence of the disability, we can request a favorable decision on the record. If we are successful, it could save many months of waiting for a hearing.
While we are successful in most of our cases, if we are not successful before the ALJ, there are several additional appeals available:
To schedule an appointment with an experienced Pennsylvania Social Security Disability appeals lawyer, contact McCormick & Vilushis LLC. There are no consultation fees and we charge no attorney’s fee unless we help you obtain benefits.
Contact McCormick & Vilushis LLC today to learn how we can assist you with your SSD claim.
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