Some individuals suffer injuries or medical conditions which prevent them from maintaining regular employment and from supporting themselves and their families. Such individuals may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.
Social Security Disability cases are decided by the Social Security Administration. Social Security Disability claims begin with an application for disability benefits. If the application is denied, the claimant then files a Request for Reconsideration. If a claimant is denied at the reconsideration stage, it is then recommended that the claimant seek legal representation. Once the claimant hires an attorney, the attorney will request a hearing with the Office of Hearings and Appeals. An administrative law judge is assigned to the claim and a hearing is held. This is the only time during the process of applying for disability benefits that the claimant is able to personally tell his or her story.
It is at the hearing stage that the claimant has the best chance of winning his or her claim for disability. If the claimant receives a favorable decision from the administrative law judge, the claimant will begin receiving disability benefits, including retroactive benefits dating to the time the claimant first became eligible for disability benefits. If the claimant is given an unfavorable decision by the administrative law judge, the claimant's attorney can file an appeal with the Appeals Council of the Social Security Administration. The Appeals Council may reverse the judge's decision, remand the claim for a new hearing, or deny the appeal. Lipsitz & Ponterio is experienced in successfully handling Social Security Disability cases and we have helped many clients receive the payments they deserve.