Orange County Disability Appeals Law Firm
The California & National Social Security appeal attorneys at the law firm of Bohm Matsen, LLP have experience representing clients in appeals at all levels of the system. We are steadfast in our commitment to helping you obtain the benefits you are entitled to, and we are prepared to take your case to federal court if necessary.
The Social Security Appeals Process
Requesting a reconsideration: The first step after your application has been denied is to request a reconsideration. These requests must be filed within 60 days of the date of your initial denial. There will be a second review by a person who was not involved in the first review. He or she will look at all of the original application information as well as any new information you provide.
Administrative law judge (ALJ) hearing: If you are not satisfied with the result of the reconsideration, you have 60 days to request a hearing. ALJ hearings are conducted by judges who were not involved in either of the first two decisions in your case. A significant number of people are successful at the ALJ hearing. If you are successful, you will be entitled to retroactive benefits.
Appeals Council: If you do not receive a favorable outcome at the ALJ hearing, you may request a review by the Appeals Council. The Appeals can take one of several actions, including confirm or reverse the ALJ's decision, refer the case back to the ALJ for further review or refuse to review your case.
Federal Court: If the Appeals Council review does not produce satisfactory results, you may take the case to federal court. Our lawyers are admitted to practice in federal court and have a complete understanding of federal court process. Though extremely rare, these cases can be escalated to the Supreme Court.
Call for a Free Consultation
Contact our office today to discuss your Social Security appeal with a lawyer. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment evenings and weekends. You can reach us by phone at 866-712-8289 or via e-mail. We take all Social Security cases on a contingency basis which means that you don't pay a fee unless we recover benefits for you.