The application process can be complex, overwhelming, and very time consuming. We try to make the process of applying as simple as possible. We sit down with our clients and help them fill out the application. We will make sure that you understand the questions you are being asked before you answer them.
Most appeals are due within 60 days, and missing that deadline can be detrimental to your claim. Many people will give up on their disability claim if they are initially denied, but doing so can have dramatic legal consequences to your case. Many folks will start a new claim versus appealing and not know that they have just harmed their chances of winning even more.
Medical Questionnaires for Your Providers
You have probably heard over and over that you need to be getting medical treatment for Social Security to find you disabled. Your own doctor may have told you that you are disabled and to apply for Social Security disability benefits. However, sometimes this is not enough.
Ordering Medical Records
To make a determination of disability, the decision-makers at the Social Security Administration need solid medical evidence that proves you are suffering from a severe medical condition.
Request for an “On the Record” Decisions (OTR)
Once you have filed a request for a hearing, you may request an “On the Record” review of your case file. If the medical records/evidence clearly establishes disability as of your requested onset date of disability, Social Security may grant a fully favorable decision without a hearing. If their review does not grant disability, you may proceed with your case at a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).
A hearing represents your best opportunity to win a Social Security disability claim. This is because the judge hearing your case begins fresh. So even if you have made mistakes in your initial claim, Evans & Evans can present new ways that best supports your claim.
If your application for Social Security Disability benefits is denied, there is an appeals process to overturn the Social Security Administration’s denial. The first step of the appeal process is a Request for Reconsideration. If your reconsideration is denied, the next step is a Request for a Hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ).
US District Court
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a long and stressful process. After being denied benefits, it can be tempting to give up. If you are truly disabled and feel that you rightfully deserve disability benefits, you should not give up at this stage in the appeals process.