East Tennessee Social Security Disability Lawyers Helping You Through the Appeal Process
You painstakingly and carefully submitted all information requested for your Social Security Disability claim and also submitted to an additional medical examination, but were still denied benefits. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration has an appeals process, so don’t let the disappointment of your denial prevent you from pushing forward to get your benefits. When you receive the “Notice of Disapproved Claim” and you disagree with the disability decision, you can move forward with an appeal.
Applicants who are represented by an experienced Social Security Disability attorney have a higher chance of being approved for benefits than those who proceed without any representation. Our Morristown Social Security Disability attorneys at The Terry Law Firm have more than 50 years of experience in the legal field, and know how to help you move forward with the appeals process.
In order to file an appeal, you will need to provide the following information:
- The name and contact information of someone else who knows about your illnesses, injuries and conditions AND is willing to provide information to SSDI representatives.
- An update of any changes in your condition since you filed your initial disability report, including new physical and mental limitations and new conditions.
- Updated medical staff contact information.
- Information pertaining to each medical test that you have had since you last completed a disability report.
- A complete list of all current prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you take and the doctor who prescribed it.
Steps in the Appeals Process
Individuals who are appealing their denial must go through the four steps, in the order listed, to complete the appeal and reach a decision on their disability. If your disability is denied during reconsideration, you then have 60 days to appeal to the next level until your receive approval of your disability claim or you have exhausted all your options in the process.
Below are the following steps for the appeals process:
- Reconsideration: The first step is to formally request an appeal. A Request for Reconsideration and an Appeal Disability Report must both be submitted. Your case will then be forwarded to the State Disability Determination Services office. Your medical records and additional information will be reviewed and the examiner, different than the original one assigned to your case, will make a new determination about your disability. If you are denied, move to the next step and schedule a hearing.
- Hearing: You must complete a Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge and an Appeal Disability Report. In addition, if you want to meet in person with the judge you can request an appointment. After talking with you and your representative, if you are working with one, the judge will notify you in writing of his or her decision on your case. If your benefits are denied, move to the next step and request a review of decision.
- Appeals Council Review: You must complete a Request for Review of Decision / Order of Administrative Law Judge. Your request will then be sent to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. The assigned reviewer will evaluate your medical records and notify you in writing of the decision on your case. If your benefits are denied, move to the next step and request a district court case.
- District Court Case: You usually have an attorney at this level of appeal. He or she must file a case against Social Security in District Court. Your case will be heard by a District Court judge who will notify you in writing of the decision on your case.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation With a Social Security Appeal Process Attorney Today!
During your free initial consultation, we can let you know if you have a legitimate case for an appeal. If you do, our Morristown Social Security Disability lawyers can walk you through every step of the process as we work towards getting you the benefits you deserve.
Call us at (423) 586-5800 to learn more.