If you’re seeking a legal team devoted to assisting you with your Social Security Administration disability claim, contact Osterhout Berger Disability Law. We are honored to serve our clients in Duncansville, Pennsylvania, and we would welcome the chance to speak with you and learn more about how we can assist in filing your claim or appealing a disability denial.
Applying for SSD Benefits
The process of applying for SSD benefits can be challenging, and there are several possibilities for your claim to be refused, putting you in a difficult situation. Indeed, rejected claims are more often than you may believe. While it is permissible to submit a claim on your own, there are many significant advantages to consulting with one of our experienced attorneys at Osterhout Berger Disability Law. Alternatively, you can file by going online and completing the forms there or by visiting your local Social Security Administration office. One of the reasons so many individuals choose to engage with us is that we have previously assisted 30,000 people in obtaining the benefits they deserve.
The application for SSD benefits entails a few stages. To begin, you’ll need to submit a detailed account of your medical history, including the procedures you’ve undergone to address the condition for which you’re applying for Social Security disability payments. Additionally, you’ll need to supply information about any drugs you’ve used and the therapy you’ve received to address your disease. Further, you must submit a list of your doctors, as well as the hospitals or clinics with which they are affiliated. And you’ll need to be able to offer a complete list of all hospitals where you’ve stayed, even if none of your regular doctors worked there.
You will also need to give medical releases to the SSA for them to request your medical records and for the hospital or clinic to be legally permitted to deliver them. In addition, certain individuals may also be required to complete questionnaires on the impact of their disease on their everyday life.
Certain individuals may also be required to have a consultation exam, which is when a Social Security Administration-designated physician examines you to learn more about your disease and how it impacts your ability to work.
Appealing a Denial
While it is relatively common for claims to be refused, there are still avenues for appeal, including the Social Security Appeals Council. If your initial claim is dismissed, you have two legal appeals, the first of which is to appeal to the Appeals Court.
When you file an appeal with the Appeals Council, retaining our legal services can significantly increase your chances of success since we have a long track record of aiding clients in appealing claim denials and understand how to maximize your chances of success.
When you appeal a denial, you do not argue that you fit the criteria for the condition under which you applied. Rather than that, you’re asserting that the ALJ committed an error in deciding your initial claim. While they may appear to be the same thing, they significantly impact how your case is handled when we take it to the appeals court. When you argue that the ALJ erred, you are attempting to demonstrate that the ALJ made a flawed judgment based on the facts provided when the initial claim was submitted. Otherwise, you may discover that new information about your case becomes available that alters the initial verdict. However, you will not be able to resubmit your medical history.
If your appeal is dismissed at the Appeals Council level, you may still appeal to a federal court. When you pick Osterhout Berger Disability Law, you benefit from the services of experienced attorneys who understand how to present your case, and are devoted to giving you the fairest denial appeals possible.
What We Do To Win Your Case
When you deal with Osterhout Berger Disability Law, you will be collaborating with a team of attorneys who are devoted to exerting all effort necessary to win your claim or appeal. We’ll begin by keeping you well-informed throughout the procedure. We understand how difficult it may be to stay informed about everything that is occurring in your case, which is why you engage skilled legal assistance to offer you all of the information and counsel you need regarding the information you get as it comes in. Additionally, we may need to contact you in a variety of ways, including text, phone calls, letters, and emails. We understand that everyone has preferences, and we can suit your documentation and convenience requirements.
Our attorneys will assist you in building your case. We never want you to feel as though there was something else we could have done to help you win your claim or appeal, so we ensure that we assist you in building your medical evidence and remind you to follow your doctor’s prescribed course of treatment. We make every effort to ensure that all of your medical proof is filed prior to the hearing.
Going through the hearing process may be stressful, and we can assist you in navigating it with the least amount of irritation possible. We’ll go through each question that may be asked of you at the hearing so that you’re never caught off guard. We can also assist you by outlining the key issues of your case to ensure that you are well prepared.
Importantly, we will assist you by representing you during the hearing if one is needed. We’ll handle the technical components of your case so that you may be certain that you didn’t lose because you didn’t comprehend a piece of terminology or a method. We will also cross-examine any expert witnesses. Finally, if you need to file an appeal, we will initiate the procedure immediately on your behalf.
What You’ll Need To Do
When we go through the process of filing a claim or appealing a denial, there are a few items we’ll need from you to ensure that everything goes well. To begin, we want your availability to answer questions and deliver any necessary paperwork. These documents might contain medical authorization forms or other time-sensitive documentation that only you are capable of completing. When you promptly return our calls and respond to our queries, we can proceed through the entire process much more swiftly and efficiently.
Lastly, we need you to adhere to your doctor-prescribed medical therapy. When you fail to take all of your medicine, attend all of your appointments, and complete all of the tests requested, this sends the message that your disease is not as bad as it appears. Apart from the severe health repercussions, failing to follow your doctor’s orders might negatively influence the result of your case, as each piece of medical evidence is crucial in your case.
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.