A Complicated Process Begins
Many applications for Social Security Disability are turned down. That is not the time to give up. The decision should motivate you to contact one of our attorneys. Within 60 days of that initial denial, you must submit a written request for reconsideration. If that is denied, you have another 60 days to request a hearing. Meeting deadlines is vital. After the request for hearing, no further action is taken by the Social Security Administration while your application is forwarded to the Office of Hearing and Appeals. During this time, we collect medical records and other evidence for the judge to make a decision.
The Wait for a Hearing and Judge’s Decision
The wait for a hearing can take up to 18 months. Having an attorney with you at the hearing is imperative, for while the hearing is somewhat informal, this may be your only chance to have your voice heard and the facts of your disability presented to the judge. Your attorney will ask questions on your medical conditions and the impact on your work and home life. Judges can make inquiries as well.
Before any hearing commences, we will gather a complete set of medical records. At the hearing, we will present your testimony, your spouse’s testimony if you are married, and possibly another witness such as a friend or other family member who knows of your disabling conditions. They can testify to the extent of your disability and how it has impacted your life. The administrative law judge may ask a medical or vocational witness to testify, but we have the knowledge and experience to effectively question the judge’s witness at the hearing. To prove your claim for disability through the Social Security Administration, you may have to show that your disabling condition or conditions meet or exceed the Listings of Impairment set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations. If you do not meet those criteria, then our job is to prove that you do not have the skills that could be used for work that is within your physical capacity and work that exists in significant numbers in the national economy.
Based on the medical records submitted and the testimony at the hearing, the judge will write a decision. If the decision is favorable, you will receive benefits. If it is not favorable, an appeal to the Appeals Council is made, requesting review of the hearing judge’s decision. If that is unfavorable, then an appeal to Federal Court can be taken.
Social Security Disability Claims Attorney in Seattle
At The Walthew Law Firm, we will gladly fight the uphill battle of securing the SSD benefits you deserve. Our local attorneys are experienced and have a strong track record of successfully handling worker disability claims for western Washington residents. Do not give up. Do not treat an initial denial as the final verdict. Our lawyers move quickly to build your disability claim, prove your disability and your entitlement to benefits.
Contact The Walthew Law Firm: Seattle Worker Claims Lawyers
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced disabled workers attorney at The Walthew Law Firm, regarding a social security disability workers claim anywhere in Washington state, please contact us today.