SSDI Claims Process

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process starts with filing your claim. Many people start this step by themselves, although it is easy to overlook things without legal help. Getting a lawyer to help you can mean that things are done right from the very beginning.

Requests For Reconsideration

If your initial claim has been denied, filing a Request for Reconsideration is necessary for your case to continue. Reconsideration is a second review of your claim. However, as many as 90 percent of Requests for Reconsideration are denied.

Hearing Before An Administrative Law Judge

If your initial application and Request for Reconsideration were denied, the next step may be requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Our Raleigh, North Carolina, law firm can take this step on your behalf. We will file your appeal and represent you at the hearing, presenting more evidence to support your SSDI claim.

Years of experience have shown us exactly what evidence is critical in SSDI cases. We examine the facts and help you collect the necessary medical records so that you can prove your case and get the benefits you need and deserve.

The Appeals Council

Should I appeal? It's a common question. Most SSDI claims are denied at first, and applicants must take additional steps to appeal their claims. If you do not win your claim before the ALJ, you may request a review of your case by the Social Security Appeals Council. If the Appeals Council decides to review your case, it may make a new decision or return your claim to the ALJ.

Learn more at these information pages:

  • How Long Does This Take?: Depending upon whether you are filing an initial claim or an appeal, the process time can vary.
  • Hearing Before A Judge: You have the right to appeal your denied claim before an administrative law judge. I will be at your side every step of the way.
  • Why Should I Appeal?: Many initial claims are denied because of minor technicalities that I can help you fix to ensure acceptance.
  • Attorneys' Fees: You pay no out-of-pocket expenses and you don't pay me if I can't help you get the money you are owed.

Free Consultation · No Attorneys' Fees If Your Claim Is Not Approved

To speak with our attorney about your Social Security Disability claim, please contact us online or call us at 919-805-3311 or toll free at 800-768-1330. We'd be happy to discuss your case.