In the event a claim is denied at the Reconsideration level, the next step is to present the claim to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with the Office of Hearings & Appeals. This appeal must be filed within 60 days of the Reconsideration denial. There may be an informal hearing set with the ALJ in which the claimant can present evidence in support of the alleged disability. In some states, this level of review can take many months. The ALJ rules favorably for the claimant in about half of the claims.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers and Social Security Disability representatives electronically file the appeal and gather any available new and relevant medical and vocational evidence in support of our client's disability. We present the evidence and a supportive brief to the ALJ and in almost half of the cases, we have obtained a favorable decision without the need of an oral hearing.
Should the ALJ require an oral hearing, one of our experienced Social Security attorney or non-attorney Hearing Representatives will prepare the case for presentation to the ALJ and will travel to the hearing site to represent our client. Our Social Security Disability claims win rate at this level is among the highest in the nation.