Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C.
Northern California SSI & SSDI Appeals

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The 4 levels of disability benefits appeals

Those who are unable to earn a significant income due to their disability may be able to get disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you have already applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and you have received a denial, you may be feeling saddened and frustrated. You may not know what to do to improve your financial situation.

If your appeal is successful, you can secure past-due benefits

When you apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you likely do so because you have no other means of supporting yourself and your family. When an injury or illness prevents you from working or caring for yourself, SSD can be the only viable option for income.

Possible reasons why your disability benefits were denied

If you have recently applied for social security disability benefits, you are likely worried about your financial future. As a result, you will want to start gaining the benefits you deserve as soon as possible. If your initial application was denied, you may be worried that you will never be able to gain disability benefits.

Appealing a denial of benefits with confidence

If you consider yourself to be disabled but you are struggling to successfully gain Social Security disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it is possible that you feel frustrated and defeated. After one or more denials, you may simply feel like giving up on the process altogether.

Your right to appear at a Social Security Disability hearing

You have a legal right to appear in person to present your case for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits directly to the administrative law judge (ALJ). Most claimants wisely choose to get an attorney to represent them if they've reached this level of appeal -- so, is it better to just let your attorney handle the whole thing and skip the hearing? After all, there's plenty of evidence in your file that supports your claim.

Tests for Social Security Disability should be job-related

A report titled "Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities" was published by researchers at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on May 9. Its authors concluded that too little focus is placed on assessing an applicant's work-related functional abilities when making Social Security disability determinations.