Social Security Administrative Law Judge

Mar 16, 2011 No Comments by

Your best chance of winning your disability case is to get it before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) but Social Security does not make it easy to get to that point.

First, you have to file a claim. Sounds easy but I lot of people get discouraged and take months or years to ever file a disability claim. Then, you must wait for an initial determination. Social Security turns down about two-thirds of all disability claims. You then file a request for reconsideration with Social Security. Then, you wait for a reconsideration determination. Social Security turns down almost 90% of all reconsideration requests. Only after the reconsideration denial can you file a request for a hearing before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

Is it worth it to jump through all these hoops to get a hearing before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge? In a word, yes. Social Security Administrative Law Judges approve around 60% of the cases they hear. That is far better than at any other level.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.