How Appealing A Denied Claim Works
If your disability application is denied, the next step is to file an appeal, which is also known as a request for reconsideration in Kansas, or a request for hearing in Missouri.
The good news is that if your initial application is denied, you have a chance of winning on appeal, in part because most people eventually have the opportunity to explain their disability in person to an administrative law judge (ALJ).
Get Through Your Appeal With Our Help
Support from an experienced SSDI claims attorney can significantly increase the likelihood that your appeal will be successful. For more than 35 years, the legal team at the Law Offices of Sharon J. Meyers, in Kansas City, Missouri, has helped disabled individuals obtain the benefits they have earned.
Why you should appeal rather than apply again. It is important to appeal your denied claim within the 60-day window rather than start the process all over again. Social Security Administration statistics show that many of the cases that make it to an ALJ hearing are approved.
We collect all the necessary documents, request more detailed reports from your doctors and help you prepare for an ALJ hearing so that you know what to expect. In fact, our office is one of the few in the Kansas City area that is equipped to accommodate an ALJ hearing via videoconferencing on site.
The Process Can Be Long, So Start Today
You must file what is known as a request for reconsideration (in Kansas) or a request for hearing (in Missouri) within 60 days of receiving Social Security’s initial decision to deny your benefits. It is critical to meet the appeal deadline rather than start over because another initial application will likely be denied again.
If you receive an initial or reconsideration denial then that sets the stage for an ALJ hearing, which generally is scheduled 12 to 18 months after the request is submitted.
Before your ALJ hearing, you may be asked to submit to a “consultative examination” by a doctor who is hired by the Social Security Administration (SSA). While it is important to comply with this request, your own doctor’s report will be more heavily considered in an ALJ hearing than an exam by a consultative physician.
We Are Here For You Every Step Of The Way
At the ALJ hearing, a judge who is already familiar with the evidence in your file will interview you to determine the extent of your disability. We help you prepare what to say in terms of your condition, means of support, physician treatment, previous work and many more questions you may have to answer. We will accompany you to your hearing and cross-examine any individuals who testify regarding your ability to work.
It is important to contact us long before your ALJ hearing so our lawyers can help you develop the strongest case possible. Call 816-787-0942 or use the contact form on this website to schedule an appointment.