If your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits been denied, now is the time to contact the law firm of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law.

For decades, our law firm has focused almost exclusively on helping clients get the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve — even after their applications have been denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Stages of the Appeals Process in West Virginia

There are four stages to the process of appealing the denial of an SSDI or SSI claim. At our firm, we are happy to provide legal advice and representation at any stage of your SSDI/SSI application or appeal. The sooner you get help from our attorneys who have advanced experience, the better your chances are of a successful outcome after your application for disability benefits has been denied.

Request for Reconsideration

The first stage in the appeal of your application for Social Security Disability benefits is requesting for reconsideration. You have 60 days after receiving the letter of denial to file the Request for Reconsideration.

If you haven’t already sought legal help from our office, contact us immediately when you receive the letter of denial. We need as much time as possible to build a strong case on your behalf.

It will take about three to five months for the Social Security Administration to make a decision on your Request for Reconsideration. If your request is approved, then you will receive SSDI or SSI benefits dating back to the date of your original application.

Request for a Hearing

If your Request for Reconsideration is denied, then we will file a Request for a Hearing on your behalf. In West Virginia, the hearing will be scheduled within about 10-13 months after we file the request.

Your hearing will be relatively informal, and it will be held before an administrative law judge. Before the hearing, we will meet with you to prepare you for the hearing.

Your attorney will review with you all the kinds of questions you may be asked. We will also make sure you completely understand your claim for disability benefits. As your Social Security Disability lawyers, we will be present with you at all times during the hearing. These hearings, including your testimony, usually take about 30-45 minutes.

After the hearing, you should receive a formal decision in the mail within 30-90 days. If your application is approved at this stage, you will start receiving benefits in approximately four to five months.

Appeals Council and Federal Court

If your SSDI/SSI application is denied at the hearing stage, then two additional levels of appeal are possible:

  1. Appeal to the Appeals Council of the Social Security Administration; and
  2. A final appeal to federal court.

At these later stages of appeal, it is more important than ever to make sure your case is prepared and presented by a law firm with advanced experience in SSDI and SSI claims.

Let a Lawyer Assist in Appealing a West Virginia SSD Claim Denial

In SSDI/SSI cases, we never require up-front attorneys’ fees from our clients. Instead, our fees are taken as a percentage of the eventual award of benefits to our clients. This amount is capped by the federal government at $6,000 — no matter how much time and effort we put into your case.

If you have questions about appealing a West Virginia SSD claim denial, we encourage you to contact our office immediately to find lawyer who can help you get the benefits you’re entitled to.

Schedule a free initial appointment, either on the telephone or at one of our five West Virginia offices.

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