Someone seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits has the best chance of reaching a successful outcome when they go through the hearing process before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). However, requesting an Atlanta SSDI hearing can be daunting without legal counsel, and it is important to ensure that you are adequately prepared to answer the judge’s questions.

A dedicated and well-versed Social Security disability law firm can help ensure that prerequisites have been satisfied and prepare you for your hearing. A hearing claims advocate can also ensure that deadlines are met and help you take advantage of the best available options to demonstrate your eligibility for disability benefits.

Pre-Requisites to Requesting an SSDI Hearing

Before requesting an SSDI hearing in Atlanta, a disabled individual must file a claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA) online, over the phone, or in person at a local office. When the SSA denies an application, the claimant may request reconsideration by agency staff members.

While the claim will be reviewed by different staff members, they will be bound by the same standards of interpretation as the agents who issued the first denial. For this reason, the result of reconsideration is often the same as the initial application. Only after receiving the notice of the decision on reconsideration does the claim become eligible for a hearing.

Filing a Request for a Hearing

The Notice of Reconsideration, which describes the SSA’s determination after reconsideration of the claim, should explain an applicant’s right to appeal the agency’s decision. To take the next step in the appeals process and request an SSDI hearing in Atlanta, a disabled worker may file Form HA-501. Alternatively, they may call the nearest SSA office or have an attorney file the request on their behalf.

Meeting Important Deadlines

It is crucial to adhere to all relevant legal deadlines during the process of seeking SSDI benefits. For example, the request for a hearing must be made within 60 days of receiving a denial from reconsideration.

It is important to note that the SSA assumes that a claimant will receive the denial letter five days after it is issued. This means the deadline to request a hearing is 65 days after the issuance of the reconsideration denial letter. However, the deadline may be extended if the applicant can show that it took longer than five days to receive the notice.

Ask a Legal Ally about Requesting an Atlanta SSDI Hearing

Requesting an Atlanta SSDI hearing is an important step toward gaining Social Security disability benefits to make up for income lost due to an inability to work. It is essential to time the request carefully, as waiting too long could cause you to miss the SSA’s 60-day deadline.

An experienced hearing claims advocate from our team can provide professional help and guidance with the timing of your request. Moreover, a knowledgeable representative can also help you acquire the best available evidence to support your claim and achieve a positive outcome. Call our firm today to learn more.

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