If a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim was denied, an individual has a guaranteed appeals process available.
If your claim is denied, the denial letter you receive from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will include which of the four levels of appeal options are available to you to pursue a reversal of this decision. These four options are:
Your appeal must be in writing and made within 60 days of the denial letter. The appeals process is notoriously slow, and for people already struggling financially, waiting an average of three to six months for the appeal to reverse a claim denial can seem like an eternity. Our family of attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC are here to make the appeals process as quick as possible, so that you receive the social security disability benefits you deserve.
Reconsideration is the first step for all denied claims, which is a complete review of your original claim by someone who did not participate in the application denial. The Reconsideration can consider new evidence, and most Reconsiderations happen without you needing to be present.
Unfortunately, the majority of reviews under Reconsideration return the same denial of claim, but it is important to not get discouraged. Reconsideration is the necessary first step toward achieving a denial reversal and receiving disability benefits. With the help of a Columbus Social Security attorney to assess and fix the reasons for your original denial, claims are often approved at Reconsideration, speeding up what is otherwise a lengthy process.
If the Reconsideration does not result in an approved claim, the next step is to ask for a Hearing in front of an administrative law judge. Unlike the Reconsideration, a Hearing usually takes place in person. The dates for Hearings are often delayed by months, because the Hearing must be scheduled with a judge. A Columbus Social Security lawyer is crucial when facing a Hearing, helping to explain any lingering issues preventing approval of your claim.
Appeals Court and Federal Court reviews happen when you are not approved at either the Reconsideration or the Hearing. Appeals Courts can refuse to hear a request for review, so having an attorney assist you may be critical to your success. If the Appeals Court returns an unsatisfactory decision or refuses to hear your request for review, the last available level of review is filing a lawsuit in Federal District Court. Without a Ohio Social Security lawyer helping as your representative, appealing through the Federal Court level is extremely difficult and has a very low likelihood of success.
Since 1929, the law firm of Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC has worked hard to make disability appeals a smooth process for their clients. Contact us to be your guide and advocate by calling (614) 221-7548 for a free consultation. Our Ohio law offices are located in Columbus, Zanesville, Shadyside and Newark.
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