Each year, millions of Americans apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Many of these applications will be rejected, even the person is legitimately disabled. What follows the initial rejection is a series of hearings and appeals, which do not guarantee that the person won’t just be rejected all over again.
This added burden can be devastating for someone facing the prospect of permanent disability, as well as any family members who have depended on that person. If you’re one of these people, you know that time is precious, and each day that goes by is a day that you aren’t able to provide for yourself or your loved ones. For this reason, every step in the process is crucial.
After you receive notice that your application was denied, then your next step is to appeal the decision, a step known as the Request for Reconsideration. Unfortunately, most applicants in the State of Florida are also rejected at this stage, and will need to request a hearing.
What will happen at my hearing?
If your Request for Reconsideration is denied, you will then have to request a hearing with an administrative law judge. Your request will be handled by the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), and you can expect a waiting period of a year or longer before your case is heard.
For a great number of disability applicants, the hearing is the final step. Many people in the State of Florida receive disability benefits at this time.
However, nothing is guaranteed, so it’s important to know what you’re up against before going in. If you haven’t enlisted the help of a disability attorney already, you will definitely want one now. A disability attorney can greatly increase your chances of success at any point in the process.
Katherine can help you with your case!
Katherine is an experienced legal counselor, teacher, and advocate for people with long-term disabilities. She has successfully helped many people with their Social Security claims, appeals, and hearings.
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No matter where you are with your Social Security application, we can help you get the benefits you need as soon as possible. You can reach us by phone, email, or text message for a free consultation. Contact us today!