Social Security Disability Hearing Process

The process involved with applying for and obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a lengthy and complex one. There is a considerable amount of work that needs to be done before the initial application can even be submitted, and many requests are denied on the first attempt.

If your application for benefits has been denied, it is important that you seek the advice of a dedicated Harrisburg SSD attorney who knows the law and has the ability to protect your interests. At the Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates, PC, we understand how upsetting it can be to get turned away when you have a legitimate claim for benefits. Do not give up hope. You have options and help is available.

Our Pennsylvania lawyers have extensive experience representing clients at all stages of the Social Security appeals process. We conduct a thorough review of all denied claims and work closely with each client to determine the best approach to getting the denial overturned. We provide you with a complete overview of the Social Security Disability hearing process and let you know what to expect as your case moves forward.

Our attorneys represent clients in the following types of SSD hearings:

  • Hearings before an administrative law judge, which may be scheduled as much as 12 to 14 months out
  • Appeals to the Appeals Council, which can take anywhere from 90 days to 18 months to complete
  • Appeals to the federal district court, which will typically render a decision within 12 months

Seeking A Swift Resolution To Your Case

While we always seek the fastest possible resolution for every client, the reality is that some SSD processes simply take time. Under certain circumstances, however, it may be possible to expedite your claim. We diligently pursue every option in our efforts to obtain a swift resolution to your claim.

Under the law, the following types of circumstances can help to move the process along more quickly:

  • Diagnosis of a disabling condition that is included on the Compassionate Allowance list, such as rare diseases, cancers, traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke or early onset Alzheimer's and related conditions can fast-track the process
  • If your disability is considered to be a "listed impairment," we may be able to seek an on-the-record review
  • If your financial situation is such that you may lose your home or face eviction from your dwelling without SSD benefits, it can create grounds for seeking an expedited hearing
  • Hearings may also happen more quickly in cases where the person seeking benefits has a terminal illness or has made a serious attempt to take his or her own life

Speak With One Of Our Harrisburg Lawyers About Your SSD Claim

Contact Katherine L. Niven & Associates to discuss your concerns regarding a denied SSD claim with a lawyer and learn more about what we can do to help you. Initial consultations are always free. You can reach us by phone at 717-260-3580 or toll free at 866-321-5340. You can also reach us via email.