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What do I do in Ohio if the SSA Appeals Council denies my claim?

In this blog, we've discussed several of the stages that a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in Ohio may go through. The administrative process within the Social Security Administration (SSA) has quite a few levels, from the original decision of the state Disability Determination Service, to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, to a request to the SSA Appeals Council. But what happens if your claim is denied at all these levels? Is there any hope left at that point?

What are the stats on SSDI hearings in Columbus, Ohio?

Having one's Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) case denied can be stressful, to say the least. You may already be in physical pain, and now you have to deal with the red tape and delay of a reconsideration request and then an appeal. While it won't help your physical condition, knowing what to expect going into the appeals process may help ease your mind, even if that information may not be what you had hoped for in terms of speed. With this in mind, let's take a look at the statistics on hearings in front of Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in the city of Columbus, Ohio.

How can an SSDI case be approved if it was originally denied?

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?

Can you attend an SSDI hearing by video teleconferencing?

Technology seems to accelerate at an exponential pace, especially here in the 21st Century, and the efficient utilization of it tends to drive the profits of quite a few businesses. Though the legal system and government entities, apart from military applications anyway, are not generally known for being on the cutting edge of technological advancement, there are still times where tech performs important functions in such areas.

Who issues the final decision on an SSD appeal?

Some applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are denied at the first step of the process. Further, requests for reconsideration are denied in even larger numbers. After that, cases normally proceed to an SSDI hearing before an administrative law judge. While the chances of being approved in such a hearing are much better, they are not 100 percent. So, what happens if you are denied again after a hearing?

Where are the best places to file a SSDI appeal in Ohio?

Previously on this blog, we have discussed the basic process for filing appeals from an Ohio denial of disability benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA). So, you know that first you would request a reconsideration of your case, and it will be looked at by another officer with the agency. Should this fail, which is likely, you may then request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). This happens often, because claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are, in general, more likely to be approved by an ALJ, than by the agency during its first look at the case. But, how much better are your chances on appeal, and how long can you expect to wait? The answers to those questions may depend on where you live.

Should I appeal after being denied an SSDI claim in Ohio?

Filing for Social Security Disability benefits can be a frustrating experience. After filing your claim, gathering evidence and giving it to the Social Security Administration, it is still possible your claim will be denied. When this happens, it is not always easy to know what to do. Should you appeal the decision, or file a new claim, hoping for a better result?

What can you expect if you request an SSDI hearing in Ohio?

Social Security Disability Insurance is a safety net designed to ensure that individuals, including Ohio residents, who suffer from physical or psychological problems serious enough to keep them from earning a living, have at least some sort of income. Whether you live in Ohio or elsewhere, to receive these benefits you must apply to the federal Social Security Administration, explain your inability to work, and submit any evidence you have regarding that claim. A decision on your application will be made by the SSA, and, unfortunately, often this results in a denial of the claim. That is not the end of the matter, however, and the first step is to ask for reconsideration by the agency. This will result in your case being looked at by a person in the agency who had nothing to do with the original denial. If this reconsideration is also denied, you have the right to appeal that decision to an Administrative Law Judge.

Denied a social security disability claim? Don't give up!

You have a disability. You try, but it's just impossible for you to maintain a regular job. You wish you could work, but your disability won't allow it. So, you finally give in and file for Social Security Disability benefits. You follow the rules, you give them the documentation you think they want. Then you get the letter. Your claim has been denied. Is that it? Are you doomed to live dependent on the kindness of family, friends and/or strangers?

Social Security disability hearings and appeals

While most people think of social security as a benefit that is received at the age of 65, it is important to note that millions of Americans receiving social security disability benefits are below that age. According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 9 million American workers received benefits under the Social Security Disability program in 2013.

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