If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, and been denied, you may be wondering what to do next. You may have heard or read that you can request a reconsideration or even a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. But what good would that do? After all, you gave the Social Security Administration all your information the first time, right? Why would having it looked at again make any difference?
Well, there are a few reasons. First, a reconsideration or appeal asks a different person to look at the evidence that has been provided. Because not all disability cases are black and white, reasonable people can differ on whether the same case qualifies for benefits. Second, it may be that there is more or stronger information available to support your case of which you are not aware. Third, there may be a better way to present your case that will make it fit the SSA’s criteria. Finally, in the case of appeals to an ALJ, it is simply human nature that it is harder to say no to a person standing right in front of you, than when the decision is made some time after any in-person interview, with the decision maker simply looking at documents.
Because many people do not use lawyers when they file their first claim for SSDI, they may have missed some important evidence, or just weren’t sure how to best organize it so that the SSA sees it in the best possible light. While in a perfect world that shouldn’t matter, in reality, it does. It is a fact that most disability claims are denied during the first evaluation, while the percentage of approval is generally much higher in front of an ALJ.
Experienced Ohio disability attorneys are well aware of the costs associated with being denied benefits that one has been counting on receiving. They also understand the way the government looks at these cases, and know which avenues have worked best in the past. They may have ways to get stronger evidence of an individual’s inability to work due to a physical or mental disability. If you would like more information about SSDI hearings or any other aspect of disability claims, please consider reading through our SSDI hearings and appeals web site.