It’s incredibly disheartening to receive a second—or third—denial after appealing a previous unfavorable decision in a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. You may be starting to wonder if you will ever obtain the financial support you need.
Even when you feel defeated, follow through is essential. Along with the Notice of Decision denying you disability compensation from Social Security, you will find the full exhibit list. This list is essentially the table of contents used to assist the ALJ through your file during the hearing as well as his or her determination process.
If the exhibit list is not included with your Notice of Decision, immediately contact the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) to request one. Document the absence of the list as well as your request to ODAR—and be sure to mention the issue to your attorney.
Once you have the exhibit list for your file, check it carefully to ensure that your file contained all relevant medical records, reports, tests and evaluations.
It may be possible to have your claim reconsidered in another hearing if:
- The exhibit list is not included with your Notice of Decision.
- A key document was not included in the exhibit file, and therefore not considered by the ALJ.
- One of the documents in your file was out-of-date and lacking new findings that may have changed the ALJ’s decision.
It’s much easier to deal with the Social Security disability benefits claim appeal process when you are working with a trusted advocate. If you are ready to learn more about what a knowledgeable Tehama disability lawyer can do for you, call the Ledgerwood Law Group at 888-761-7383 or fill out the online contact form today.
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