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Social Security Disability: Appealing a Denial
The Law Offices of Stuart Pastor — Austin and Plano, Texas
In Texas, about 70 percent of applicants for Social Security disability benefits are denied on their initial application.
In my experience, most people who are denied at the initial filing stage are eventually successful at winning Social Security disability benefits on appeal when represented by an experienced Social Security disability attorney.
I have been advocating for disabled people and their families since 1991, and I have helped hundreds of clients win disability benefits. I focus on building a strong argument for each client, and I do all I can to help each client win disability benefits as early as possible. I understand that the great majority of my clients are struggling financially, and many of them are without medical insurance. The sooner the SSDI case is won, the sooner my clients can get necessary medical assistance and funds to pay for other necessities.
The Social Security Disability Appeals Process
If your application for Social Security benefits is denied, that is not the end of the road. There are several stages of the appeals process:
- Request for Reconsideration: This appeal is made to the same state agency that made the initial decision, and it is usually made within three to four months. I like to submit the request for reconsideration as soon as possible, with complete and full evidence regarding your claim.
- The Hearing: If the request for reconsideration is denied, you then have the right to request a hearing. This is where an administrative law judge will listen to live testimony and make a decision. This is your opportunity to present your case in person and tell your story. I will meet with you for as long as necessary so that you feel fully confident and comfortable to testify. I also organize and prepare other witnesses — including doctors and vocational experts — who will give live or written testimony.
Please note that some cases that are denied at reconsideration can be won at the hearings office without a hearing.
- Appeals Council: If the administrative law judge denies your claim after a hearing, you may appeal to the Social Security Appeals Council. It is important for an experienced Social Security disability lawyer to review the judge’s decision to determine why your claim was denied.
Federal Court: If the Appeals Council denies a request for Appeals Council Review, an appeal may be made to the federal district court.
We Can Start Your Appeal with a Phone Call
For some of my clients, traveling to my office is difficult. I am happy to begin representation through a telephone conference, and the exchange of paperwork. In special circumstances I am available to make home visits.
If you are looking for assistance with your social security disability benefits claim, I invite you to contact one of my three offices to schedule a free initial consultation.
Three Convenient Office Locations:
In Austin: 512-687-3443
In Dallas: 214-800-2022
In Plano: 972-599-2600
Toll Free: 888-616-6162
Or send an e-mail.