Because the majority of appeals are granted at a hearing, failing to appeal a denial to the hearing level is the number one error … and unfortunately very common. More detailed information on these and other common claimant questions is available in the library below.
If you have not filed your appeal within 65 days of the date on your denial letter, you have to start over with a new claim. That new claim may result in the loss of back benefits.
They are private, held in a small conference room, and last an hour or so. You will be asked about your education, training, work experience, symptoms, limitations, and daily activities.
It can take up to two years from request until a hearing is held and a decision issued, but the time varies from state to state.
The typical fee is 25% of back benefits, up to a maximum set by the Commissioner of Social Security, which is currently $6,000. Sometimes, though, when appeals beyond the ALJ hearing level are involved, the fee is more.
The big-picture answer is: analyze what needs to be proven to win benefits, figure out how to prove it, gather the necessary evidence, assist with appeals at every level, and correspond with the SSA on your claim.Some of the specific tasks are:Obtain reports from treating doctors that are consistent with Social Security regulationsRefer claimants to specialists for [...]
Most claimants wait until their claims are denied on reconsideration before hiring a lawyer. Most observers agree this timing works well because it is at a hearing that having a lawyer truly makes a difference.
Not unless there is something really unusual about your case. In fact, the process is simple and SSA will usually not let anyone else file your application for you. Call SSA at 800-772-1213 or visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/adult.htm.
Unless you have an obvious long-term disability, the best time to apply for Social Security disability benefits is 6-9 months after you stop working.