The team at Osterhout Berger Disability Law is here to assist you at every stage of the process, whether you are applying for disability benefits, filing an appeal, or are at any other stage in seeking the benefits you deserve. If you’re looking for experienced legal counsel and representation, you can be comfortable knowing that we have years of expertise and are here to assist you in navigating the often confusing process with the SSA. We’re proud to serve Beaver Falls, PA residents, and to fight for their benefits.
Applying for SSD Benefits
When you decide to file for Social Security disability benefits, you have a few options regarding how to proceed. You can apply online, in person at a Social Security Administration office in your region, or contact us at Osterhout Berger Disability Law so that we can ensure that your application is completed correctly from start to finish.
There are several procedures involved in filing a disability claim, and while the fact is that the majority of individuals are refused, you may increase your chances of success if you choose to have us help. We understand how to navigate the process and guarantee that the information you submit is complete and accurate.
One of the initial stages in filing a claim for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration is to give information about your medical history and the specific ailment for which you are seeking benefits. The SSA will also want to know about the individual physicians you’ve visited and the names of the hospitals where you received treatment, regardless of whether you went for a typical visit, or to a hospital that you don’t normally frequent due to an emergency. Additionally, the SSA will want to hear about all methods you’ve used to reduce symptoms or cure the ailment. You will need to sign permission documents at this stage of the procedure to allow hospitals and clinics to legally share your medical information.
Additionally, you may be asked to complete questionnaires on the impact of your symptoms and the disease on your daily life. For instance, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to know how it affects your ability to perform particular duties and where you experience pain or discomfort.
While your doctor may have performed a battery of tests and administered a variety of treatments, a consultation exam may still be necessary. This examination is conducted by a doctor who has been approved by the Social Security Administration and is intended to gather further information about your condition and how it affects your everyday life.
Appealing a Denial
Even if your case is not resolved in your favor despite our best efforts, you have the right to appeal. However, you must be aware of numerous phases during the procedure.
The initial stage is to determine whether or not the Administrative Law Judge committed an error. Osterhout Berger Disability Law stays current on federal court appeals, as this is related to an area in which ALJs occasionally make errors. At this point, you’ll appear before an appeals council, but keep in mind that the objective of this procedure is not to demonstrate that you have the disease and that it significantly impairs your everyday life to the point of inability to work. Rather than that, the goal of this step of the procedure is to demonstrate that the ALJ erred in ruling on your claim. Additionally, you should be aware that this documentation must be filed within 65 days of a claim being denied. Further, it may take many months to several years to obtain a response at this time.
Regrettably, appeals at this level are frequently dismissed. Consider bringing your case to federal court as a further step. Once again, you must begin this process within 65 days after receiving the Appeals Council’s refusal letter.
You should be aware that at both of these stages of the procedure, you will not be permitted to submit new medical evidence demonstrating that your health has deteriorated or that you have developed a new medical condition. However, if you can demonstrate that new evidence became available after the ALJ first decided your case, you may be entitled to submit it if it is considered to be pertinent to your case.
What We Do To Win Your Case
When it comes to increasing the possibility that your disability insurance claim will be approved, partnering with Osterhout Berger Disability Law is one of the finest options, as we can assist you with a variety of services. For example, we may assist you by completely clarifying the process to ensure that you are never perplexed. When you have never filed a disability claim with the Social Security Administration, it might be challenging to figure out how to get all of the necessary documents completed on time. Failure to do so might jeopardize your chances of obtaining a good decision, but having someone who has been doing this for years will guarantee that you get all of the necessary information and documents into the right offices on time. We can assist you in gaining a better understanding of the process by keeping you informed on the progress of your case. We’ll do so through a letter, email, phone call, and text message. Additionally, we may assist you throughout the process to develop medical proof for your case in order to maximize your chances of obtaining a positive outcome.
When the hearing day arrives, you’ll be prepared because we’ll thoroughly prepare you for each stage of the procedure by preparing you for the questions that will very certainly be asked at the hearing. Representation on the day of the hearing is critical since you require someone to handle the technical elements of your case. Additionally, if your claim is originally denied, we will file any appropriate documentation and initiate the appeals process.
What You’ll Need To Do
Because we’ll be collaborating to get the best potential solution for your case, we’ll also want some information from you. Specifically, we require your availability to get answers to queries and your permission to move specific documents forward. Certain items, such as the transmission of your medical information to the Social Security Administration, will require your signature. We may need additional information from you to expedite and complete your appeal.
Finally, we need that you adhere to your prescribed medical therapy. We can assist you by reminding you to do so, but we rely on your cooperation to avoid jeopardizing your case. When you disregard your doctor’s medical advice, it creates the appearance that your disease is not as bad as it appears, and it might lead the judge to question if all treatment options have been tried. For example, you’ll need to do all of your therapy exercises, take all of your prescriptions, attend all of your medical appointments, and follow any other instructions given by your doctor.
How We Can Help
There are several ways in which the team at Osterhout Berger Disability Law can help you receive the benefit you deserve. We help individuals who need to…
- Apply for Social Security Benefits and want to ensure everything is done right the first time
- Appeal a denial of Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are facing one of these situations, please do not hesitate in reaching out. Our team of experienced attorneys are here to help, and your consultation is free.