I Was Denied Disability Benefits, Now What?
Most importantly, don’t give up. You can still appeal and win your case.
it’s heartbreaking when the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your Social Security Disability claim. And
While the appeals process can be a complicated process, it’s still possible to win your case on appeal.
Most people who apply are turned down. But San Jose and Salinas Social Security Disability attorney Angelina Valle wants to help you turn your denial into an approval.
THERE ARE FOUR LEVELS OF APPEALS:
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 Administration Law Judge (ALJ)
These hearings take place at the Social Security Office of Adjudication and Review in the San Jose federal building. 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 California to represent you at this level.
No matter where you are in the appeals process, you are strongly encouraged to get legal help. Let Angelina Valle fight the government for you. If you were denied, your case isn’t over.
If you received a denial letter, you’re on the clock. You only have 60 days to file your appeal. Don’t miss this important deadline!
Preparing for Your Disability Hearing
Your hearing is often the most critical stage in your case. This hearing before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is the best chance to present your evidence in person. It’s very important that you and your evidence are fully prepared. If you’ve received a denial letter, we strongly recommend you call our offices for help.
San jose social security disability attorney angelina valle and her team 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. Attorney Angelina Valle knows how to present evidence to help your chances and to cross-examine these experts, if necessary.
"Smart but tough. She really knows the Social Security Administration. Better to see her in Person than phone consult - she's very forward on the phone - don't be thrown off; Angela VERY knowledgeable about SSA."
Sherrie G., Milpitas, CA 11/03/2015
Most People Win Benefits When Working with an Attorney
The Social Security Administration’s own statistics show 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 is an easy one.
Angelina Valle has more than 32 years of experience in disability law. Let Angelina use her experience and knowledge to help you with your appeal. Contact our office now for a free evaluation of your claim.Get Your FREE Consultation Now!