SSDI Process Level FourSSDI Process Level Four

The process to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a long one and a difficult one. It is estimated that well over 70% of all Social Security for disability insurance applications are denied. For this reason, it is important that you have an experienced SSDI attorney on your side. The Social Security for disability lawyers at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers have worked diligently to get families just like yours the benefits to which you are entitled following your accident, illness or injury.

No one ever plans to become disabled. Disabling injuries and illnesses are most often sudden; people do not "prepare" to become disabled. Many of our clients never would have been approved for Social Security for disability benefits had they not contacted The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers. Approximately 65% of claims are denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) at the first level of the five level process necessary to receive Social Security for disability benefits. At the second level, a whopping 87% of first appeals are denied. Please let us help you end up in the 13% of applicants that are approved for Social Security for disability.

There are five levels in the SSDI application process, and each one depends upon the level before it. We have already explained what happens at level one, level two, and level three. Now, let us move on to level four of the five level Social Security for disability process.

SSDI Level Four

If you are denied Social Security for disability benefits at level three, the hearing stage, you can appeal again after sixty days. At this level of the application process, you can ask for a review of the decision made by the Administrative Law Judge by the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council will review the disability hearing decision (level three) and decide if it was the proper decision according to law. You must know that only 3% of third appeals result in a favorable decision for the applicant. According to the Social Security Administration, the average wait time for a decision on the third appeal is 227 days. The number of days applicants will have to wait for an answer will probably increase each year due to the increasing number of SSDI applicants, according to the SSA.

If you have become disabled and are no longer able to work, it is wise to have an experienced Social Security disability lawyer on your side. The SSDI lawyers at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers have helped thousands of families just like yours get the compensation to which you are entitled following your injury or illness. Please contact our Social Security for disability lawyer's office today to schedule your confidential consultation. Fill out the form now.

SSDI Process Level OneSSDI Process Level One

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was created to provide disabled workers money to live on after they are no longer able to work. Sometimes SSDI benefits are short-term, while other recipients of these funds collect for the rest of their lives because their injury or illness is serious enough to prevent them from ever working again. SSDI law is complex, and people are often denied benefits on their first application because the paperwork is confusing, and one mistake can result in your claim being denied.

The experienced SSDI lawyers at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers have helped thousands of people all over the country get the compensation they deserve following a disabling accident, injury or sickness. If you have been injured or sick and can no longer work, we can help you, too.

As we have mentioned, the process of applying and receiving SSDI benefits is not an easy one. There are several steps involved, and each step must be followed to the letter in order to receive the benefits to which you are entitled.

Level One

Level One of the five SSDI level-process is the application for Social Security Disability Benefits. At this stage, you will be asked to complete the initial Social Security Disability application, and in many instances, you will have to fill out a detailed "Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire." At this first level, there is a massive amount of paperwork to be filled out. This is where experienced SSDI lawyers come in. We are extremely familiar with this paperwork and can help you fill it out to ensure completeness, that no errors are made and all deadlines are met.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a doctor must verify the medical information in your application and confirm that your disabling condition will last 12 months or longer. If you are vague in any way or if you exaggerate your symptoms, your claim will most likely be denied.

The initial disability determination in the first level of the process is made by the Disability Determination Services (DDS) in your state. DDS will secure medical evidence and arrange for consultative examinations if there is not enough information to make a decision. The DDS employees will gather and evaluate your information to make a disability determination.

Level One of the SSDI process may take four to six months, on average. Sometimes DDS makes a determination in as little as three months, but this cannot be expected. Only 35% of initial SSDI applications are even approved.

The SSDI lawyers at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers help you apply for Social Security disability benefits. Please contact one of our Social Security disability law offices today to schedule your confidential consultation. We have offices in many states and probably have one near you with a local Social Security disability lawyer waiting to help you. Fill out the form now for a FREE disability case evaluation. As this evaluation can take place over the phone, you will not even need to leave home!

SSDI Process Level ThreeSSDI Process Level Three

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was created to provide disabled workers money to live on after they are no longer able to work. Sometimes SSDI benefits are short-term, while other recipients of these funds collect for the rest of their lives because their injury or illness is serious enough to prevent them from ever working again. SSDI law is complex, and people are often denied benefits on their first application because the paperwork is confusing, and one mistake can result in your claim being denied.

Many of our clients never would have been approved for SSDI benefits had they not contacted The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers. Our SSDI attorneys and legal teams will work tirelessly to help get you the disability benefits to which you are entitled following your injury or illness. A whopping 65% of claims are denied by the Social Security Administration at the first level of the five level process necessary to receive benefits. At the second level, a staggering 87% of first appeals are denied. Please let our Social Security Disability attorneys help you end up in the 13% of applicants that are approved.

Level Three

There are five stages involved in the SSDI process, and each one presents its unique set of challenges. We just described levels one and two of the five level process, and now we are ready to move on to SSDI level three, which is the appeal hearing level. After a denial at the reconsideration stage (level two), you have sixty days to ask for a hearing or "second appeal."

At your appeal hearing, an administrative law judge (ALJ) will make an independent decision based on the evidence presented. Approximately 20 days before your hearing, you will receive a notice in the mail indicating the time, date and location of your appeal hearing. The hearing is typically held within 75 miles of where you live. You and your representative (if you have one) must attend the hearing.

You will need to submit any evidence you want the judge to examine as soon as possible. The judge at your hearing will hear testimony and may question you and/or any witnesses. The ALJ has the right to ask other witnesses (such as medical experts) questions to get additional information regarding your claim. You will answer questions under oath, so you must tell the truth. Your Social Security disability attorney may also question witnesses and submit evidence. The ALJ will make a decision and you and your Social Security disability attorney will be notified of the decision. In most cases the decision notification may be weeks after the hearing. In some cases, your attorney will ask for a decision on the record, which means the ALJ reviews your claim and makes his/her decision without a hearing.

Please contact the experienced SSDI attorneys at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today to schedule your confidential consultation to discuss your SSDI case. Let us help you get the SSDI benefits to which you are entitled. We have many offices throughout the United States with local, experienced Social Security disability attorneys, and we can help you the same way we've helped thousands of other families all over the country. Fill out the form on this page today.

SSDI Process Level TwoSSDI Process Level Two

No one ever predicts that they will become disabled and not be able to work ever again. Accidents do happen and illnesses develop, however, sometimes without warning. Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI) was developed to provide income to men and women who once worked but now are not able to due to illness or injury. Sometimes SSDI benefits are short-term, while other recipients of these funds collect for the rest of their lives because their injury or illness is serious enough to prevent them from ever working again. SSDI law is complex, and people are often denied benefits on their first application because the paperwork is so difficult. One little mistake can result in your claim being denied.

The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyer’s SSDI lawyers have helped thousands of people all over the United States collect the disability benefits to which they are entitled following their injury. Our Social Security disability lawyers work tirelessly so that you and your family do not have to worry if you will be able to pay the electric bill or put food on the table. Let our SSDI lawyers help you during this very difficult time.

SSDI Level Two

There are several steps or "stages" involved in the SSDI process and each one presents its unique set of challenges. We just described SSDI level one of the five level process to you, and now we are ready to move on to SSDI level two. Level two involves asking for reconsideration once your claim has been denied. Of course, if your claim is not denied, this second level will not apply to you. But since only 35% of initial applications are accepted, this second level will, most likely, apply to you, too.

If you are denied SSDI benefits at the end of the level one waiting period, you have the right to file for a reconsideration or first appeal. But you must file this within sixty days of being denied. If you do not file your reconsideration request in sixty days, your application for SSDI benefits will not be reconsidered. At the second level, your medical and vocational information will be reviewed and updated, if necessary. At the SSDI second level, a different Social Security Administration (SSA) representative reviews your application (a different person does this because a new set of eyes may find something the first SSA representative reviewing your application did not see).

The SSA will send you a letter explaining how it made its decision regarding your SSDI application. Level two waiting period can be as long as five months, and at this level, approximately 87% of first appeals are denied. With a statistic like that, you can see why it’s so very important to have an experienced SSDI lawyer on your side. These agencies certainly do not make it easy to receive benefits.

The SSDI lawyers at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers will work hard for you during the SSDI appeals process. Please contact one of Social Security Disability Lawyers today to schedule your confidential consultation. We have offices in many states with local SSDI lawyers waiting to serve you.


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