Seasoned Oklahoma Disability Attorneys Explain the SSD Appeals Process
Helping you after your claim has been denied
Denials of Social Security disability (SDD) claims are fairly common. This is true for both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases and for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) cases. Many applicants fail to address the weaknesses in their case or to prepare all the evidence they need. Do not despair. You have the right to appeal if you file your appeal on time. There are several levels in any SSD case, including the initial application, an appeal of the denial, a hearing, and subsequent appeal levels.
The Oklahoma Social Security Disability appeal attorneys at Stipe Law Firm understand the entire claims litigation process. We review the reason for any denial, prepare the proper papers for appeal if you see us in time, and work to get all the records and evidence together for your case. We have more than 60 years of combined experience helping disabled workers prove they have a disability, qualifying low income, or a sufficient work history.
The levels of Oklahoma Social Security Disability appeals
The basic appeal levels in Oklahoma SSD cases are:
- A reconsideration appeal. Claimants whose initial claim is denied have 60 days from the date of the notice of denial to file an appeal. Our Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers understand where to file the appeals, when to file, and how to file.
- The administrative law hearing. When we file an appeal on your behalf, we normally ask for a hearing before an administrative law judge. At the hearing, we can present your records and your testimony. It can help to visually show the judge your physical limitations.
- An appeals council review. If your claim is denied by the administrative law judge, we can file an appeal with the Social Security Appeals Council. The Council reviews the administrative law judge’s ruling for misinterpretations of the law.
- Federal district court review. This is the last possible appeal. We may file an appeal to this court if your case has a possibility of success at this level.
Once the appeals process has been exhausted, you still can start over with a new claim. This can be useful because your medical condition may have worsened, making it easier to prove a disability. Also, if age is a factor, then filing later can be to your benefit.
Our experienced attorneys can help you determine which type of appeal is appropriate for you and fight for you to get the benefits you deserve.
Call our Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers for advice now
The Oklahoma Social Security disability attorneys at Stipe Law Firm understand how frustrating the disability claims process can be. Our compassionate legal team answers your questions and calmly works clients through the denial and appeal process. We take pride in preparing each case for a hearing by getting all the proper evidence together and reviewing all the factual and legal issues with you. To move your claim forward, please contact us today at 918-558-2255 or fill out our contact form to discuss your case. We see clients throughout Oklahoma at our main office in McAlester.