Navigating Through The SSD Claims Process
The process for obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be long and complicated. Many people find that their initial claims are often denied for any number of reasons. Retaining experienced legal counsel who can help guide you through the process can help ensure that you receive the benefits that you deserve.
At The Law Offices of Steven Gaechter, our New Jersey SSDI claims process lawyer has 30 years of experience helping people navigate the Social Security system.
The Initial Application
The first step in the SSDI claims process is to complete the initial application materials and filing your petition. Attorney Steven Gaechter can help you make sense of these materials, gather the necessary documentation and file the petition electronically so that your benefits start accruing immediately.
Appealing Your Case In The Event Of A Denial
While not every initial application is denied, most are. If this has happened to you, do not be discouraged. Our Bergen County law firm has helped hundreds of people who have been in similar circumstances overcome denials and obtain their benefits by exercising their right to appeal. Initially, this means filing a request for reconsideration, which essentially asks the agency to take a second look at your claim.
You only have 60 days to appeal the initial denied disability claim. Wait too long and you will not only have to start the process over, you will also lose out on the benefits that started accruing the date your first application was received.
ALJ Hearings And Further Steps To Take
If reconsideration does not lead to an approval, the next step in the SSDI claims process is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Generally, this is an informal hearing that provides claimants with their first opportunity to speak with an actual decision-maker.
If the ALJ rules against you, you can appeal that decision to the Social Security’s Appeals Council. This council only reviews the original judge’s decision as there is no appeals hearing. If the Appeals Council does not rule in your favor, the next step is federal court, which could potentially extend all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
Lawyer Assistance In The Event Of A Denied Claim
A denial of your disability claim is not the end of the road. We may be able to help. Contact us to reach a New Jersey Social Security attorney online or call 201-546-5758 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Our law offices are conveniently located in Hasbrouck Heights. We make home visits when necessary and are also available for evening appointments.
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