How will you pay your mortgage or rent? Will you still be able to afford medical treatment? What should you do next?

If you were denied, it’s important that you don’t give up. You can still appeal and win disability benefits.

If the Social Security Administration (SSA) sent you a denial letter, you may feel like it’s over. And while the appeals process can be time-consuming, it isn’t over – it’s still possible to win your case on appeal.

If you were denied, you aren’t alone – most people who apply are denied by the SSA. But our attorneys want to help turn your denial into an approval.

There are four levels of appeals:

  • Reconsideration: This is a review of your claim by someone who was not involved in the initial decision. Your original evidence is reviewed along with any new evidence you provide.
  • Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ): These hearings take place in the Social Security Administration’s offices. At this appeals 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 or approve your case.
  • 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. District Court in Hawaii to represent you at this level.
Woman who was denied benefits in Hawaii

Prepping for Your Upcoming Hearing

Your hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is often the most important stage in your appeal. This hearing before an ALJ is the best chance to present your evidence in person. It’s very important that you and your evidence are fully prepared. One of our attorneys will meet with you to prepare you for your hearing. If you’ve received a denial letter, we strongly recommend you call our offices for help preparing for your hearing.

Our Hawaii Social Security Disability lawyers will:

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

The Social Security Administration may bring in expert witnesses to provide testimony. But our disability attorneys know how to present your work history and medical evidence to help your chances and to cross-examine these experts, if necessary.

Hawaii man distressed over denied benefits

Your Chances of Winning Benefits Go Up When You Have Representation

The SSA’s own statistics show that you have a better chance of winning disability benefits when you have representation. Since there are no legal fees if you don’t win benefits, the decision to get legal help should be an easy one.

Let our disability attorneys use their experience and knowledge to help you with your appeal. Contact our office now for a FREE evaluation of your claim.