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Our representatives are professionally designated as Accredited Disability Representatives.

More information including the criteria for ADR professional designation and the ADR's Code of Ethics is available on the ADR web site.

Our Commitment:

We will attend to each individual claim with absolute professionalism by applying all of our knowledge, resources, and efforts to achieving a favorable decision in your disability claim without delay. We will treat each client with the compassion, respect, and dignity they deserve. Disability Appeals Advocates will remain a highly specialized firm composed of experts in the field of disability working towards a common goal, with the best interest and welfare of each client our sole objective.

The Appeals Process

The Social Security Administration is required by law to carefully review all of the evidence and other information regarding your case before making a decision affecting your eligibility or benefit amount. Because the Social Security Administration denies approximately 75% of initial applications, the majority of individuals will require a formal hearing before a Judge to ultimately receive benefits.

If your application is denied, there are generally four levels of appeal:

  • Reconsideration
  • Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge
  • Review by the Appeals Council
  • Federal Court Review

Reconsideration

Reconsideration is a complete review of your claim by an individual that did not take part in the original decision. The majority of reconsideration's involve a complete review of your files without the need for you to be present.

Please note that if you live in one of the following ten states, reconsideration does not apply and you may file your appeal for a hearing directly to an Administrative Law Judge: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and parts of California and New York.

Hearing

If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, or live in one of the ten states that does not require filing for reconsideration, you may file an appeal with an Administrative Law Judge who had no part in the original or reconsideration decision. We will work closely with you and your medical providers to obtain updated documentation of your disability for the Administrative Law Judge to review. At the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge will ask you questions regarding your medical conditions and the limitations you have. A vocational expert will also be at your hearing to inform the Administrative Law Judge of the type of work you have previously done and if any other work exists that you can perform with your medical limitations.

Appeals Council

If the Administrative Law Judge denies your claim at the hearing level, a request for review by the Appeals Council can be made. The Appeals Council will review the Judge's decision for any errors of law and determine if the decision was correct. The Appeals Council may issue their own decision on your case, or send the case back to the Judge for further review. The decision to file with the Appeals Council can be very complex and should be carefully examined on an individual case basis to determine the best option for you. It is common at this point to choose between filing with the Appeals Council or filing a new application. We will advise you and work closely with you to explain all of your options and the potential outcomes.

Federal Court Review

If you choose to file with Appeals Council and they agree with the Judge's decision that it was correct and without error, you may file a lawsuit in a federal district court. This must be decided on an individual basis and referred to an attorney who specializes in this area.

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