I Was Denied Disability Benefits What Should I Do Next?

Most importantly, make sure you don’t give up.

Receiving a denial letter from the government can be extremely frustrating – especially when your livelihood depends on these benefits. At Ober & Pekas, our Tucson disability lawyers know how receiving a denial can make you feel. While the appeals process can be complex process, our attorneys are here to help you appeal and hopefully win you disability case.

If you were denied, you aren’t alone. But at Ober & Pekas, we want to offer you help to turn your denial into an approval.

We know you’re probably worried about keeping the lights on, food on the table, a roof over your head and how to pay for your medical expense. Disability benefits are probably very important to you and your family. If you were denied, you have the right to appeal, but you only have 60 days from the day you receive your denial letter to file your appeal. If you’ve received a denial letter, call us right away.

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There are four levels in the appeals process:

  • Reconsideration: This is a review of your claim by someone who was not involved in the original decision. Your original evidence is reviewed along with any new information you provide.
  • Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ): These hearings take place in the Social Security Administration’s offices. At this stage, you get to present your evidence before a judge who will issue a ruling. Most cases are won at this level.
  • Review by Appeals Council: If the ALJ denies your case, you may ask the Appeals Council for a review. At this stage, the Appeals Council may return your case to the ALJ for a new hearing.
  • Federal Court Review: If you disagree with the Appeals Council decision, you can file a lawsuit in Federal District Court. You must have an attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. federal courts to represent you at this level.

If you were denied – no matter where you are in the process of appealing – you are strongly encouraged to get legal help. A denial letter doesn’t mean your case is over, call us at Ober & Pekas for a free consultation.

Important – If you received a denial letter, the clock is ticking. You have only 60 days to file your appeal. Don’t wait to file an appeal – you could miss this important deadline!

Your hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is likely the most critical stage in your disability claim. This hearing is the best opportunity to present your medical evidence in person. It’s very important that you and your evidence are fully prepared. Call us for help right away if you have a hearing scheduled or need to get one scheduled.

Our Tucson disability attorneys will:

  • Prepare your case and set the strategy
  • Analyze your Social Security file
  • Prepare you to testify
  • Gather all the evidence from your doctors and other medical providers
  • Question witnesses
  • Cross-examine any medical and vocational experts at your hearing

It’s possible Social Security will bring in expert witnesses to provide testimony. Our disability attorneys know how to present evidence to help your odds and to cross-examine these experts, if necessary.

You Have a Better Chance of Winning Benefits by Working with Lawyers

Social Security’s statistics show you have a higher chance of winning disability benefits when you have legal representation. Because there are no legal fees if you don’t win your claim, the decision to get legal help should be an easy one.

The Tucson disability attorneys at Ober & Pekas have the Social Security Disability legal knowledge and experience to help with your appeal. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim.

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Get Personal Attention for Your Case in Tucson

If you live in Tucson, Eloy, Arizona City, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Florence or Maricopa, you can get one of the most experienced SSD law firms in Arizona to fight for your benefits claim.

Our attorneys have more than 73 years of combined experience helping people like you win benefits. We’ve been a leader in Arizona since 1979.

Your Hearing in Tucson

When you live in the communities south of Phoenix and you need to appeal your case to an administrative law judge, the Social Security Administration (SSA) holds your hearing in Tucson.

We will go with you to your hearing.

We work in Tucson all the time and know the judges and medical professionals in the Tucson area.

In fact, our managing partner, Ed Ober, grew up in Tucson and earned both his bachelor’s degree and law degree in Tucson.

Your Tucson Social Security Disability Lawyers

As you apply for benefits and begin your claim, we can guide you through the process by phone. We also invite you to visit our office in Phoenix.

If you live in Tucson or anywhere in Southern Arizona and can’t work, call us today for a free consultation.