The Social Security process has many roadblocks, and is a cause of great frustration for many people. At The Walker Law Firm, we AGGRESSIVELY press for THE RIGHTS OF our clients. The focus on winning requires an understanding of both the law and of our client’s unique situation. More than just a business, we are always mindful that time is of the essence, and we take the necessary efforts to speed up the process.
Social Security itself is a federal government run system that administers two separate maintenance programs: Retirement, Disability and Health Insurance, which provides income and Medicare insurance for retired and disabled workers; and Supplemental Security Income, which is a federally supported program for any person who is disabled and has minimum income characteristics. Due to the way Social Security operates, many claimants have their initial disability applications and requests for reconsideration denied. An appeal must be filed within 60 days of any denial; if it is not, the entire process must begin again. The next step in the appeal process is a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, where a claimant has the right to present information regarding his or her disability. This is the stage at which most denied claims are reversed in favor of the claimant. If a claim is denied administratively, an applicant does have the right to a federal court review. This is an extremely important level of review because it marks the first time someone completely outside of the Social Security system evaluates a disability applicant’s case.