Basics Of The Social Security Disability Process

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process can be frustrating and confusing. At Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon, LLP, we are fully prepared to answer your questions regarding the SSDI process. Our clients often reach out to us for help understanding the law and their claim. We welcome you to contact any of our convenient offices with questions by calling 812-551-0436.

You can also read more on the basics of the SSDI process below.

The Stages Of An SSDI Claim

There are four levels of review for the Social Security Disability claims process:

  • Initial determination: The first stage is to complete and file your initial application. While you do not necessarily need an attorney at this stage of the process, we can review your application for errors and ensure that it is submitted to the proper office. It is our hope to improve your chances of being approved at this stage.
  • Request for reconsideration: The majority of initial applications are denied. If you are dissatisfied with the initial determination, you may appeal. In most states, this appeal is called a request for reconsideration.
  • Appeal hearing: An administrative law judge (ALJ) will review evidence and your application. This hearing can occur in court or via teleconference. Vocational or medical experts sometimes testify. During your hearing, we can cross-examine any experts and present your information in a thorough and professional manner.
  • Review by the Appeals Council: If the decision of the ALJ is unfavorable, you still have one level of appeal — review by the Appeals Council in Falls Church, Virginia. If the Appeals Council declines to review the decision of the ALJ, that decision becomes final. Additionally, the Appeals Council can affirm, modify, reverse or remand the decision for a new hearing.

No matter what stage of the process you are in, you should consider contacting a skilled SSD attorney. Through a free consultation, we will carefully review your situation and provide valuable insight into your claim.

Contact Us With Questions About Your Claim

At Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon, LLP, most initial consultations are free. Contact our offices located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Florence, Kentucky; and Cincinnati, Ohio, to learn more. Call 812-551-0436 or contact us online.