Reno Social Security Hearings Attorney
Fight Your SSD Denial with Disability Action Advocates
The Social Security Administration has been known to deny a substantial number of disability and SSI benefit claims for a wide variety of reasons. Many causes for denial include insufficient documentation, failure to work within the required time frame, the determination that you no longer meet the requirements of eligibility for benefits, and more. In the event that your claim is denied for any reason, you have the right to appeal the SSA's decision by requesting a hearing. While it is your choice to proceed without the assistance of a Social Security hearings advocate, having the support of an experienced representative gives you the greatest chance at success. Put a winning team in your corner with the help of Disability Action Advocates!
Are you ready to fight for the benefits you deserve? Contact our compassionate advocates at (888) 401-3920 today.
Understanding the Hearing Process
From the Social Security Administration: Every applicant has the right to appeal a decision made by the Social Security Administration in regards to their benefits or eligibility to receive Supplemental Security Income. Should the SSA deny your claim on the grounds of ineligibility or because you have been overpaid, you may request a review of the decision.
This begins with a reconsideration determination where you receive a new decision by a member of the SSA who had no part in the initial determination. If you disagree, you can schedule a hearing in front of an ALJ, or Administrative Law Judge. If you further disagree with this decision, you may put in a request with the Appeals Council to further review your claim.
Before the hearing:
- Along with your legal representative, you can review any evidence and submit new evidence, as soon as possible. It is very important that you get this in on time in order for the ALJ to consider it in your case. If it is not available at the time of your hearing, submit it as soon as you can.
At the hearing:
- The ALJ will explain all the issues related to your case and has the opportunity to question you, as well as any witnesses.
- The ALJ may request that additional witnesses, including a doctor, be present at the hearing.
- You and any witnesses will answer questions while under oath. The informal hearing will be recorded.
- Your legal representative has the opportunity to question witnesses and submit additional evidence.
After the hearing:
- The ALJ will issue a decision in writing after carefully studying the evidence presented.
- The ALJ will send you and your representative a copy or an order for dismissal.
The first step to filing for an appeal is a reconsideration, which means another unassociated party will make a new decision on your case. If this fails, then you may request a hearing by an administrative law judge. This must be done within 60 days after you are notified of the reconsideration decision. A lawyer can represent you during and at your hearing process, and will provide you with the best opportunity for a favorable result. If there is additional evidence that may help your case, it may be submitted at this point. Hearings can be very involved and may be time-consuming, but the reward of a reversed decision can far outweigh the negative effects of these inconveniences.
Obtaining Proper Legal Representation in Reno
A large majority of claims end up at the hearing level due to initial and reconsideration denials. Upon your request to appeal, you are then scheduled a disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Your evidence is presented to the ALJ. If the judge requests an opening statement, DAA will assist you with one. A vocational expert, and possibly a medical expert will be present to offer testimony. Your records must be presented with the "correct" language from your physician. Our DAA representative will cross-examine these experts on your behalf and ensure that your medical records are up to date and correctly represent your disability. At Disability Action Advocates, we are aware of and strive to avoid all the obstacles that can occur during this process. Being represented by a Disability Action Advocate at your hearing will give you the best chance of being awarded benefits. We will carefully prepare your case and consider any and all evidence that will affect your claim. Our Social Security Disability advocate will guide you during the proceedings to present your case favorably to the judge. After the hearing, you can expect to receive the judge's decision in one to three months.
Choosing the right legal team to represent you in a disability hearing is extremely important, and can greatly influence your results. Even if your claim is denied, DAA can promptly help you set up a successful appeal. Remember, we do not charge a fee until we win your case. We will make sure you receive effective and personal service throughout the process by putting our extensive experience to work for you.
At Disability Action Advocates, we understand how critical your social security disability benefits or your supplemental security income payments can be. Our office has worked to support clients in their hearings and throughout the appeals process for over 20 years. We have achieved an impressive measure of success by focusing on adherence to the rules, an extensive understanding of the requirements and conscientious dedication to each and every client.
Ready to learn more about what we can do for you following your SSD claim denial? Contact us today to request a case evaluation with our professionals.