Each year, thousands of Georgians apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Many of these applications will be rejected, even if the person is legitimately disabled. What follows the initial rejection is a series of hearings and appeals, which do not guarantee that the person won’t just be rejected all over again.
This added burden can be devastating for someone facing the prospect of permanent disability. If you’re one of these people, you know that time is important. Each day that goes by is a day that you aren’t able to provide for yourself or your loved ones.
After you receive notice that your application was denied, then your next step is to appeal the decision, a step known as the Request for Reconsideration. Unfortunately, most applicants in Georgia are also rejected at this stage, and will need to request a hearing.
If your Request for Reconsideration is denied, you will then have to request a hearing with an administrative law judge. Your request will be handled by the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), and you can expect a waiting period of a year or longer before your case is heard.
For a great number of disability applicants, the hearing is the final step. Many people in Georgia receive disability benefits at this time.
However, nothing is guaranteed, so it is best for you to retain an attorney. An attorney can greatly increase your chances of success at any point in the process.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We will work around your schedule, including evenings and weekends. To contact us, call 770-834-4107.