If you’ve been hurt and are now unable to work, you may be worried about how you are going to support yourself and your family. You may have decided to file for Social Security, as many who are in your situation do. But if you’ve been denied your Daytona Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you may feel as if the world is crumbling all around you. Fortunately, you can appeal the decision, and there are four levels of appeal to which your claim could proceed.
- Reconsideration. After your Social Security request is denied, or you don’t receive the amount you think you deserve, your attorney can file a request for reconsideration. A claims examiner who was not involved in your original request will review your claim, along with any new information your attorney may include.
- Hearing. If your reconsideration is denied or you still want to increase the amount of Social Security insurance benefits you receive, your attorney can request a hearing, in which you will plead your case to a judge. You may request the judge to subpoena witnesses or experts you believe are vital to providing the validity of your case. You (or your legal representative) may present new information, argue your case, and ask the judge to review or reassess the calculations. The judge will also have the right to question you, as well as the witnesses and experts.
- Appeals Council. If you are still dissatisfied with your results, you can request the Social Security Appeals Council to review your case. The council reviews all requests, but is not guaranteed to grant you another hearing. If the Appeals Council grants you another review, your case will either be resolved or sent back to another administrative law judge for another hearing.
- Federal Court. Your last option in appealing your case is to file a lawsuit with the help of your attorney. The lawsuit would be tried in a federal court.
Not receiving any Daytona Social Security insurance or the amount you feel you deserve is disappointing and unsettling. However, you do not have to go through the fight alone. The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert have extensive experience defending the rights of clients just like you. Give us a call at 800.556.8890 to find out how we may be able to help.
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