Applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are routinely denied by the government. While there is a multitude of reasons for a denial, applicants can pursue a number of avenues to qualify for these services.
There is an appeals process for both SSDI and SSI. This process does require a hearing which makes many reluctant to proceed with an appeal to which they are entitled. If you’ve received a denial for your application, the Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona disability law firm of Roeschke Law, LLC can skillfully represent you through the appeal process.
When Does A Disability Hearing Take Place?
If you submit an application for SSDI or SSI benefits and you are denied, you have 60 days from the date that you received the denial letter to file an appeal. The first stage of the appeals process is called a Request for Reconsideration. During this time, a third party who was not involved in the initial decision reviews your application. If the denial is affirmed at the reconsideration level, the next stage in the process is a Request for a Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge.
What Do You Need To Know About A Disability Hearing?
Submitting a request for a hearing means that you will be given the opportunity to present your case to a judge for him or her to decide. A disability hearing is similar to a trial but much less formal. Evidence is submitted for review by the administrative law judge prior to and during the hearing, and witnesses can also be called to testify. You have a right to be represented by counsel of your own choosing during the hearing process as well as the ability to call and examine witnesses.
The Social Security Administration attempts to schedule hearings as quickly as possible and at a location within 75 miles of the applicant’s residence. A hearing via video conference may also be an option. Applicants will be notified of a hearing location and date at least 20 days beforehand. After the hearing, the administrative law judge makes a decision and submits it in writing to be forwarded to the applicant or his or her representative.
Do You Need An Attorney At A Disability Hearing?
While you are not required to have legal representation for a disability hearing, it is in your best interest that you retain an attorney who is experienced in this area. The attorneys at the Disability Attorneys of Arizona regularly represent clients at these hearings and know exactly what to expect. They assist clients in submitting appropriate evidence before and during the hearing and also prepare the applicant and any witnesses for questioning. Representation by our attorneys greatly increases the chances that the administrative law judge will grant your benefits.
The Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona social security disability attorney at Roeschke Law, LLC is committed to assisting clients in obtaining government benefits. If you are facing a Social Security disability hearing, contact us by calling (800) 975-1866 for a free consultation today.