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The Social Security Disability Process

Understanding the Social Security Disability Process in Cleveland, Ohio

Whether you apply for SSDI or SSI benefits, the Social Security claims process can be lengthy and frustrating with many roadblocks along the way. That's why so many people choose the Social Security Disability lawyers at Rubin Guttman & Associates to help them, from the initial application through Reconsideration, appeal to an Administrative Law Judge and beyond. Below you will find some general information about the Social Security Disability process to help you understand how your claim will proceed.

The Initial Application

You should file your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. When completing this document, you will provide detailed information about your work history and your medical history. You will provide information about doctor visits and medicine you have taken related to your disability. You will sign a release form so that the Social Security office can speak with your doctor and collect your medical records.

The SSA may require you to undergo a medical examination at no cost to you.

Reconsiderations and Appeals

In the event that your initial application is rejected, don't give up. Almost 90% of all claims are rejected at this stage. If your application has been rejected, you have 60 days to initiate a Request for Reconsideration. If your reconsideration is denied, you can appeal again and request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

If the ALJ rejects your claim, you can request that the ALJ's decision be reviewed by the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council will either accept or deny your application, or send your application back to the ALJ for further consideration. If you disagree with the decision of the Appeals Council, you may file a lawsuit in federal court.

Why a Lawyer Can Help

An experienced lawyer understands the complex laws and rules under which Social Security Disability operates. At Rubin Guttman & Associates, our disability lawyers and case managers can help you fill out your initial application completely and correctly and guide your application through all stages of the process, from your initial application through the Appeals Council, and if necessary, to federal court.

Call an Attorney Who Can Help Today

No matter why you are disabled, at Rubin Guttman & Associates we can help. Call or e-mail us for a free consultation to talk about your SSD claim or for any question relating to SSD. Call (216) 696-4006 or (888) 488-8529. Russian, Hebrew and Spanish language services are available by appointment.

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