We received a question via our website www.socialsecuritycorner.com from Wendy of Bakersfield Ca. concerning her recent denial of Social Security Disability benefits. Eric B. Brown took the time to answer Wendy's question.
Do You Meet The Social Security Administration’s Definition of Being Disabled? A disability can affect a person in many different ways. Quality of life, the ability to earn a living, families well being and financial security just to name a few. If you are indeed disabled and you are unable to work […]
If you have not already filed, you have you file directly with the Social Security Administration as the initial application is very simple. It can be done online or by phone with your local field office. You will need to get to work immediately and I will send you a […]
Such a high percentage of those who file a Social Security Disability claim are denied the first and even the second time. Do not get discouraged. You need to appeal if you feel you have a legitimate claim. A denial means that the lower level decision makers feel that there […]
The hard truth is that, on average, it takes 1 to 2 years to get from the date of your initial application, to the date a decision is made by an Administrative Law Judge. There is not much–other than sending as much clear medical evidence as possible—that can be done […]
Usually the first thing that happens is the Administrative Law Judge will take a few minutes to explain the process and swear you in. Then the Judge will ask some preliminary questions about your household, your age, height, weight, etc. The Judge will then either turn the time over to […]
Initial application If denied Request for Reconsideration If denied Request for Hearing Hearing before Administrative Law Judge If denied Appeals Panel Review If denied Appeal to Federal District Court
In a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, your case will be dealing with five main questions, known as the Five Step Sequential Evaluation Process. Are you working or have you been working? Do you have a severe impairment? Do you meet all of the criteria of a Listing for […]