If you have submitted a claim to the Social Security Administration for benefits and have received a denial letter, it will normally explain to you why they denied your application. If you feel you were denied in error, obtaining a Social Security benefits attorney to help you with the appeals process is imperative in order to attempt to obtain the benefits you are entitled to. If you wish to appeal, a written request must be submitted in writing from the date you received your denial letter. You will have three different levels of appeals to pursue, if one is not successful. You can have a hearing by an administrative law judge, followed by a review by the Appeals Council, and finally a federal court review should the prior appeals fail. When you retain our office, we will assist you throughout the entire appeals process, ensuring everything needed is available for your hearing.

With the initial hearing, the administrative law judge will schedule a meeting to which you and your attorney can attend. Any documentation that can substantiate your claim should be presented, including medical records and witnesses. The judge will make a decision via a letter to you and your representative.

If the judge at the initial hearing still denies your claim, you can then seek a review by the Social Security Appeals Council. The Appeals Council looks all submissions, but it may deny a request if it agrees with the hearing decision. If the Appeals Council decides to review your case, it will either decide your case itself or return it to an administrative law judge for further review. You will receive a copy of the Appeals Council’s decision or order if it sends the case back to an administrative law judge.

Ultimately, if your case is still denied, your final option is to file a lawsuit in a federal district court. Whatever step of the appeals process you might need legal assistance with, the experienced Social Security benefits lawyers from the Malaise Law Firm can professionally represent you in order to maximize your chances of getting your benefits approved. Our firm has been helping clients with their benefit claims for over 17 years throughout Texas and will provide you with personal attention to your claim.

Contact the Malaise Law Firm for the appeals process on your Social Security benefits and to get the most effective legal representation to obtain your benefits.