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Chico SSDI: Reasons You May Be Able to Get a Second ALJ Hearing


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9/2/2013
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Chances are you waited nearly a year for your day in California disability court. After the hearing, it’s not uncommon to have to wait eight or nine months more for the Administrative Law Judge assigned to your case to make a new determination.

If the ALJ Denies Your Case

Receiving a denial notification after nearly two years without income is heartbreaking—not to mention frightening. You may be starting to feel like you will never be able to obtain the benefits you need.

After a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ), the your next option for appeal is review by the Appeals Council. It’s difficult to get a council review—but there are three types of mistakes that the council was made to catch, so if you and your Chico disability attorney are able to provide persuasive evidence that one of the following occurred, you may be able to obtain a second hearing before a different ALJ.

Four mistakes the Appeals Council looks for:

  • Abuse of discretion by the ALJ, such as cutting your hearing short.
  • Error of law by the ALJ, such as not allowing your attorney to cross-examine a witness.
  • The ALJ’s decision was supported by substantial evidence.
  • There was a policy or procedural problem in the hearing.

If you have any concerns about an ALJ hearing or any aspect of the disability claim appeal process, discuss your case with a Chico Social Security attorney. Contact Ledgerwood Law Group today by calling 888-761-7383 or filling out the online contact form.



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