Application And Appeal Of Your Social Security Disability Case
What is the first step to apply for SSD?
It is important not to delay-apply as soon as you are disabled. The Social Security Administration processing time is between 3-6 months. It is possible to apply by telephone by calling the Social Security "hotline" at (800) 772-1213. Applications can be done by telephone or scheduling an appointment at your local office.
Why are applications for SSD denied?
In some jurisdictions, as many as 80% of claims are denied at the initial administrative stage. Sometimes claims are denied because there is missing medical evidence or your doctors did not understand the legal requirements of Social Security. Randy Zeldin will work with your medical providers to make certain that the medical proof is as strong as possible.
What is the most important application mistake to avoid?
Many people give up after they are denied. It is important to request reconsideration and/or an appeal of your claim. It is at this stage that legal representation can help.
What is "reconsideration" and "appeal?"
Actually, there are four levels of appeal if your claim is denied:
- "Reconsideration" is when the Social Security Administration takes a second review of your claim, often with new medical evidence.
- "Appeal" is when the case is brought before an Administrative Law Judge
- "Appeals Council" is review by administrative judges in Washington, D.C.
- Federal Court is the final and last opportunity.
What attorney fees are due to Randy Zeldin?
None, unless you get benefits. Fees of 25% of any past benefits paid, (with a maximum cap of $5,300.00), will be deducted by the Social Security Administration.