What to do to Appeal a Social Security Disability Claim Denial - Step Four


At this level, your Social Security disability claim has been denied twice. Don't give up. You still have three or more appeals. In the next step, your claim will be heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

Step 4

Court? OH NO!

We say "OH YES!"

Having your case heard before an Administrative Law Judge is statistically the greatest opportunity for your denied disability benefits to be approved.

Many people are intimidated by the court process and its proceedings. Most of us rarely, if ever, see a true court in action. The real process is very different from what we have become used to by watching afternoon television.

Unless you filed an on-the-record review, you will need to appear before the Administrative Law Judge, usually located in a major city near where you live. You will be able to state your case in front of the judge and they may ask you questions to clarify your need for benefits. In addition, the Social Security Administration may have witnesses appear in person or by teleconference to advise the judge on their reasons for denying your benefits. Often a vocational expert will be asked to testify concerning the jobs the Administration feels you could adequately perform even with your disability.

Although, now is the time to "fight' for your cause, now is not the time for a show of either temper or timidity. Professionalism is of utmost importance.

When the judge hears your case the government will be trying to prove that you are not qualified for disability benefits. It is up to you to prove your need for Social Security disability benefits. Since your case hinges on your presentation, this is not the time or place for a crash course in the disability process or disability law. After all, your ability to pay bills and possibly even keep your home or car depends upon winning your case and having the Social Security disability denial overturned. A steady income would be a tremendous benefit for you, so the faster your case can be settled enabling you to begin receiving your deserved benefits the better. That is where a good Social Security disability lawyer can help you. A good disability lawyer has already been to court many times and represented many Social Security disability claimants. Due to their experience, proceedings can move faster and smoother. A good lawyer can stay focused on the strongest points of your claim and has experience in getting the right information from a witness to support your disability claim. A lawyer will also be able to cross-examine the government witnesses to prove your point better.

Step 5

Click here if your Social Security disability claim has been denied for Step 5.

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