SSDI Claims Process
It is estimated that in 2012 more than 2.8 million persons applied for social security disability and less than 1 million were approved for benefits.
Social security disability applications are processed through a network of local and state offices and agencies. The process can take anywhere between three to five months depending on how much medical information is needed to conclude if the applicant is disabled or not.
If the state Disability Determination Services decide that the applicant is disabled the Social Security Administration computes the benefit amount and begins paying benefits. If it is found that the applicant is not disabled or does not qualify, their application is kept on file in case they decide to appeal their claim.
If you or a loved one has been denied benefits and you would like to appeal the decision and request a hearing, out attorneys can help. At Riddle & Brantley, our team of attorneys are well-versed in SSDI claims processes and can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
For a free evaluation of your SSDI claim, fill out the free case review form to your – it’s strictly confidential.
Social Security Disability Hearings
According to the Social Security Administration Office, the average processing time for hearings as of June 2013 was 378 days, which is 126 days less than the average time in 2008.
If an applicant has been initially denied they may appeal by reconsideration determination wherein a new individual will review your claim and decide if you are eligible for benefits or not. If you are denied after the appeal, the applicant may request a hearing with Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). A hearing may be requested online or via snail mail; it must be a written request though.
During the hearing the applicant may provide testimony, evidence, and witness testimony of their disability. It is important that the Administrative Law Judge receive all the evidence in a timely fashion, including new evidence the applicant or their attorney may wish to include.
There are more than 180 hearing offices nationwide, however a person may also request a video hearing. Video hearings are no different from regular hearing except that each party can participate at a location more convenient for them. A commonly cited advantage of this type of hearing is that it can be schedule quicker than an in-person hearing.
After hearing testimonies and reviewing evidence, the ALJ will make an independent decision based on your testimony and evidence of your disability. The applicant and their representative will receive written notice of approval or claim dismissal.
Contact our North Carolina SSDI Lawyers
If you have been denied a SSDI claim and are seeking representation in order to schedule a hearing or to appeal your denied claim, our attorneys are ready to help. Having a knowledgeable attorney on your side can ensure that you receive a fair assessment of your SSDI claim.
Our attorneys can help guide you through the hearing process to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. We have several offices located through North Carolina and are pleased to serve the following areas:
- Many more local towns and cities.
Contact us today at (800) 525-7111 to get connected with one of our social security disability claims attorneys. One of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claims after a few preliminary questions.
If you would prefer to have us contact you, fill out the form at the top right-hand corner of this page – your information will remain completely confidential.