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What Happens if I Have a Bad Administrative Law Judge?


The internet has dozens of review sites where you can find ratings of restaurants, airlines, mechanics, doctors, and even social security disability judges. You may have looked up your administrative law judge (ALJ) when your hearing was scheduled. A lot of people wonder what happens if you have a judge who does not pay a lot of their cases. Having a social security disability lawyer can help. Preparation For Your SSDI Hearing Is Key You'll want to prepare for your hearing the same way, regardless of how your administrative law judge pays cases. You'll want [...]

What Happens if I Have a Bad Administrative Law Judge?2019-04-11T00:41:01+00:00

Appeals Council Remand Rate Plunges


Every claimant who is denied at hearing by an ALJ has the right to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, which is a basic safeguard of every claimant’s due process rights. Unfortunately, data released by the Social Security Administration reveals that the number of successful appeals has plummeted over the past eight years: Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Percentage of claims overturned on appeal 21.77% 21.19% 18.62% 17.11% 14.34% 13.58% 12.03% 10.41% 11.83% <br="clear"> As shown in the above chart, in 2010 the Appeals Council overturned (or “remanded”) 21.77 [...]

Appeals Council Remand Rate Plunges2019-04-11T00:42:58+00:00

Should I Appeal or Refile If My SSDI Application Is Denied?


If you have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) and have been denied, you may wonder what you should do next. As a general rule, you have two options: 1) appeal, which means asking the Social Security Administration to look at your case again; or 2) refile, which means starting application process over again from the beginning. Given the complexity involved in this type of situation, it is always best to consult with an experienced disability representative before you decide what you should do in the case of a [...]

Should I Appeal or Refile If My SSDI Application Is Denied?2019-04-11T00:48:01+00:00

What Happens After Your Disability Hearing


After a claimant has waited months and maybe years for their disability claim to finally be heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), it can be very frustrating to find out that they have to continue to wait after their hearing is over. So why DO people have to wait? The Post-Hearing Review It is fairly uncommon for an ALJ to inform the claimant that they have won their case on the day of the hearing. In most cases, the ALJ will adjourn the hearing, and the claim will enter a period called “post-hearing review.” [...]

What Happens After Your Disability Hearing2019-04-11T00:49:04+00:00

The SSDI Appeals Council Process


After a Social Security Disability hearing, one of the most difficult aspects is waiting for the hearing decision to arrive in the mail. What The Disability Hearing Outcomes Are and What They Mean There are generally three possible hearing decision outcomes: A Fully Favorable hearing decision is an approval of disability benefits by the judge that heard your case, and generally grants a disability onset date that is in agreement with the onset date alleged (or claimed) by the claimant. A Partially Favorable hearing decision is a partial approval of disability benefits by the judge [...]

The SSDI Appeals Council Process2019-04-05T22:10:14+00:00