On average, 60% of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims are not accepted at the initial application and about 80% are denied when the case is reconsidered. At the law office of Popowski, Callas & Shirley, P.A., we aim to increase your odds.
We frequently appear before federal administrative law judges (ALJs) and in federal court. Attorney Nicholas G. Callas handles Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Contact our law office to put this experience on your side.
There are four stages of appeal for an SSDI/SSI claim:
§ Reconsideration: At reconsideration, your claim will be reviewed again by another person associated with the Social Security Administration (SSA). At the reconsideration level, you can submit new evidence offering further proof of your disability.
§ Hearing in front of an administrative law judge: The next step is a hearing in front of an ALJ. During this hearing, you may bring witnesses and submit other vocational and medical evidence. The judge will ask you questions. He or she will then make a decision based on the information in your case. Most cases are resolved at this level.
§ Social Security Appeals Council: If your claim is denied at the administrative law hearing, your next step is to ask the Social Security's Appeals Council to review your case. The Appeals Council may reverse the findings of the ALJ, affirm the lower decision or remand the case back to the ALJ for further findings.
§ Federal District Court: Usually, the final stage is to bring a lawsuit in federal district court. The lawsuit is typically done by written briefs completed by your attorney or advocate.
There are timelines for each of these appeals processes. Typically, the entire process, from application to the hearing, can take 2-3 years. We look for ways to make the hearing and appeals process move faster because we understand the financial pressures you are under while waiting for a decision.
Our law office will work hard to keep you from going through all four processes. However, if your SSDI or SSI claim is denied, we will stand by you and fight with you all the way through federal court.
Our lawyers act as a bridge between your doctors and the Social Security Administration. If the medical evidence on file isn't satisfactory, we will ask your doctor questions about any medical restrictions that impact your ability to work. We will turn your doctor's medical terminology into usable information for the SSA and the ALJ.
If the SSA determines that you are disabled, the government will pay you a lump sum that covers the entire time you should have received disability. Your attorney fees are considered a portion of your past due benefits. Depending on your situation, bringing an appeal might be the only option.
Contact us for a free consultation as early in the process as possible.