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SSDI & SSI Appeals

Was your application for SSDI or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) denied? I provide knowledgeable, experienced help to people in the greater Philadelphia area, throughout Pennsylvania, and in New Jersey, Delaware and southwest Florida, who have received SSI and SSDI denials. With my help, you can have your claim appealed, get your case approved and obtain cash and medical benefits.

Do Not Give Up

The vast majority of SSDI and SSI claims are denied after the initial application. I urge you to continue pursuing SSDI benefits through the appeals process. You typically have 60 days to appeal your SSDI or SSI denial. If you have received a Notice of Disapproved Claim, act quickly and contact the firm.

How Does the SSDI Appeals Process Work?

My firm — The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman, LLC — provides complete representation to people seeking SSDI and SSI benefits. Representation can begin at the initial application. It may continue through a Request for Reconsideration, Request for Hearing and beyond. Once the firm understands the nature and severity of your health problems, including physical or mental disability, the goal is to have your case approved. There are four different types of appeals. If you are unsuccessful at one, you move on to the next. They occur in the following order:

  • Reconsideration (in NJ, DE and FL): The firm can complete and submit a Request for Reconsideration and a Disability Report Appeal on your behalf. This can be done over the Internet. Your medical records will be reviewed (not by the same person who handled the original decision) and you will receive a new determination.
  • Hearing: The firm can complete and submit a Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge and a Disability Report Appeal. This can also be done over the Internet. The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review handles the appeal. At the hearing, you and your attorney will be present either in person or by teleconference with the Administrative Law Judge who will decide your case, and you will be notified in writing of the decision.
  • Appeals Council Review: My firm can complete and submit a Request for Review of Hearing Decision/Order of Administrative Law Judge. This cannot be done over the Internet. Your medical records and the argument in support of your appeal will be reviewed by the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. You will be notified in writing of the Appeals Council's decision.
  • District Court Review: In the strongest of cases, an appeal can be filed by way of a complaint in the United States District Court. A district court judge will review the administrative record and determine if the case was so clearly wrongly decided that the decision should be vacated and sent back to the SSA for a new decision. You will be notified in writing of the decision.

The firm can try to get your doctors involved in the process to ensure the Social Security Administration obtains a full understanding of your disability. The firm takes great care to show that your physical and mental impairments negatively affect your ability to work.

You pay no fees unless your SSDI or SSI benefits are secured or reinstated. Contact the firm today for a free consultation.