Denied SSD Claims can be Appealed
If your claim for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits has been denied, you have 60 days to appeal. The attorneys at Bleakley Law Offices can help you take the steps necessary to get the benefits you deserve.
Before the Hearing
The majority of the work involved in an SSD appeal takes place prior to the hearing. While the wait for an appeal hearing can be lengthy, up to two years in most cases, it is important to know that our lawyers will be by your side at all times, working hard to prepare.
Preparation involves gathering and carefully reviewing the information that the Social Security administration used to make their decision. We will find out what's missing and make certain that it gets added in. We will gather witness statements if necessary to provide further evidence of your need for SSD benefits.
Of course, there will be ongoing medical treatment as your hearing is pending. We will make certain that all necessary documents are added to the record by forwarding them to the Office of Adjudication and Review, where the hearing will take place. Along the way, we will encourage you to keep a journal of your daily activities, because that is something that you will be asked about during the hearing.
As your hearing gets closer, we will spend a great deal of time working with you to prepare you for what is going to happen. We will talk to you about the type of questions you will be asked, so you will be ready to answer them.
At the Hearing
The hearing will take place at the Office of Adjudication and Review in front of an administrative law judge. We will stand by your side during this hearing as the judge asks you questions and gathers the information necessary to make a decision. The hearing itself is surprisingly straightforward.
After the Hearing
In some cases, the judge may issue a decision on the day of the hearing. In other cases, a written decision will be issued in the days following the hearing.
If the decision is favorable, it will be followed by a notice of award letter. We will review it carefully to make certain you are getting paid properly, going back to the date of onset of the disability. We will also review your Medicare rights as well so that you can get the medical care you need.
If the decision is not favorable, we will advise you of the options available to take your appeal further in order to get the benefits you need.
We will use our experience serving people in Muskegon and throughout Michigan to help you get the benefits you need. Call us now, toll free, at 1-877-544-3733 or send us an e-mail to schedule a free consultation.