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Q:
I just received notification that the appeal of my Chico disability benefits claim was denied by the Administrative Law Judge in California disability court. Should I file for the next level of appeal, or should I start over?

A:

Every disability claim is different, so it’s impossible to say what your next move should be without a professional evaluation by a Chico disability benefits attorney.

After you’ve been denied benefits in a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ), you have 60 days to file a request for review from the Social Security Appeals Council.

If your case is selected, the council will review your entire case history along with any additional evidence you’ve included. The ALJ decision is carefully scrutinized to ensure all evidence was given appropriate consideration and no procedural or legal errors were made.

  • Over 75% of the time, you will receive notification denying your request for review. When this happens, you have 60 days to file an appeal in U.S. district court.
  • 22% of the time, the council remands your case to the ALJ—meaning that you are given a second hearing.  
  • Very rarely, about 3% of the time, the council will overturn the ALJ’s decision and award you benefits.

Be aware that it can take nearly a year to hear back on your request for review.

Do you need to know more about the Social Security disability benefits appeal process? Set up a no-cost consultation with the dedicated professionals at Ledgerwood Law Group by calling 888-761-7383 today.

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