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When an injury or illness puts you in a situation in which you’re no longer able to work and earn income, you may need to seek benefits through Social Security Disability (SSD), an important federal program. This process is often challenging, so it’s important to work with a knowledgeable San Francisco attorney at the Buzzell Law Group, PC. When you work with us, you gain access to a lawyer who truly cares about you and your wellbeing, advocating strongly for your rights and calculating a strategic plan of action based on your needs and circumstances. To meet with a legal professional who aims to deliver you peace of mind, call on us.

The process of filing an initial SSD claim

You may start the application process by calling the Social Security Administration (SSA), visiting your local SSA office or filling out an application online. The option you choose depends on your comfort level, as some people prefer speaking with an SSA representative, while others like the speed and convenience of going through the process online. Once you have submitted your application, it’s a good idea to contact the SSA office closest to you, especially if you have any questions or wish to check on your application’s status. In some cases, it may even prompt the agency to prioritize the review of your claim.

Appealing a denied claim

The reality is that a majority of SSD claims are denied at first, as the SSA has strict standards for who it considers disabled to the point that they can no longer perform any type of job. Not only that, but it often takes claimants several months to get a response from the agency as to whether or not they have been approved. If your application has been denied, there are several steps to the appeals process:

  • Request for reconsideration: Your first step is to request that the SSA reconsider your claim, and you may need to provide additional information to make your case.
  • ALJ hearing: If your claim is still denied after the reconsideration, you may request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ), who will review your case and issue a decision.
  • Appeals counsel hearing: After a denial from an ALJ, you may request a hearing with an appeals counsel, which will again review your claim and your argument for why you deserve to collect SSD benefits.
  • District court hearing: If your claim is still denied, you have 60 days to appeal to a federal district court. These hearings work like a typical court case, in which your attorney will be able to present evidence and argue on your behalf.

The process is often challenging, and may take months or years before you get a result. Our team guides you step by step, informing you of your options and advocating for you throughout your initial application and potential appeal.

Consult an experienced San Francisco attorney

If you need reliable guidance and advice on the Social Security Disability process, work with the Buzzell Law Group, PC today. We are based in San Francisco and serve clients throughout the Bay Area. To set up an appointment, call 415-552-5582 or contact us online.