Social Security Disability: How an appeal hearing works
About 2 out of every 3 Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims are initially rejected, but fortunately there is an appeals process if you feel your claim has been unfairly denied. Appealing a denial is your right, from requesting reconsideration of your initial claim all the way up to a hearing by an Administrative Law Judge who will impartially review your case. But even the thought of taking an appeal that far can be intimidating, unless you are familiar with the process. This Lawyers.com blog by Scott Bocchio unveils the hearing process to help you understand how it works and why you may need an SSDI attorney to assist you. Although the author’s firm is in Massachusetts, the description of how the hearing flows applies everywhere, and SSDI attorneys are available in every state. Note too that SSDI attorney’s fees are governed by Federal law which limits their compensation to only a portion of whatever back pay they can secure for you, with a maximum amount specified. Click here to read the Lawyers.com article about the format of an SSDI hearing.