The Social Security Administration (SSA) can be extremely difficult to deal with when it comes to social security disability cases. They famously deny social security disability applicants time and time again. Because of how challenging it can be to get a disability case reviewed and approved, it is a good idea to enlist the services of an Oklahoma disability attorney from Atkins & Markoff. The SSA recently published a study showing the extremely high denial rates at each of the denials appeal levels. These levels include reconsideration, disability hearings, appeals court, and at the federal court level. Here at Atkins & Markoff, our disability attorneys have worked a wide range of disability cases and understand how the system works. We are prepared to represent any individual who has been denied of their disability benefits. We work hard to investigate each and every case in order to compile evidence that will help us pursue your benefits and get you the compensation you both deserve and need.
Understanding Disability Hearings
If you have received a denial of your disability benefits request, you will receive a notice in writing and will then have 60 days to file a request for a hearing. Your Atkins & Markoff disability attorney will help ensure that you meet all the required deadlines and get your appeal filed in time. Once you file the paperwork for a disability hearing within the 60 days allotted time period, your case will be assigned to an administrative law judge (ALJ) who will be in charge of your case throughout the duration of the hearing. Your designated ALJ will begin to investigate your case thoroughly, asking witnesses such as your medical care providers to appear in the hearing to answer questions regarding your impairment. During this time you will also be afforded the opportunity to present your side of the case and bring in your own witnesses to answer questions. This hearing is designed to show that you are truly disabled and should be able to receive benefits.
Factors Taken Into Consideration
Your assigned ALJ will take numerous factors into consideration before making a decision regarding your case and whether or not you will be able to receive disability benefits. Listed below are a handful of factors that the ALJ will take into consideration before making a decision regarding your disability case:
- Your age
- The nature of your medical condition
- The duration of the ailment or disease
- Whether you will be able to work within the next 12 months
- Whether you will be able to work any type of job
- Your recent and prospective income
- The likelihood of additional injuries or persistence of the disease
- Your total assets
- Statements and evidence provided during the hearing
Contact Our Experienced Disability Attorneys Today
If you have received notice that your request for disability benefits was denied and would like to file an appeal, it can be very helpful to have a knowledgeable disability hearing by your side. Atkins & Markoff is an Oklahoma City based law firm with more than 100 years of experience working on a wide range of cases, including those representing individuals who have had to deal with the financial and emotional struggle of an SSD denial. Our compassionate team of attorneys have extensive experience working SSD cases and understand the most common reasons for denial. We offer free consultation services and will work hard to research your denial and build a strong appeals case. To meet with one of our attorneys today and gets started on your case, give us a call!