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How long do I have to appeal my Social Security disability denial?

If your Social Security disability case has been denied. You need to know how long you have to file your appeal. You only have so much time before your deadline. If you miss that window of opportunity, you may be … Continue reading

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Why can’t I find a lawyer to appeal a hearing denial?

Did you represent yourself at your Social Security disability hearing? If you were denied, you may find it is difficult to find a lawyer to represent you. Sadly, this is a common problem.  It is much harder to hire an attorney … Continue reading

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Denied at hearing? Here’s how to appeal the Judge’s decision to Social Security Appeals Council

If you are denied at your Social Security hearing by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), you have the right to appeal the judge’s decision to the Social Security Appeals Council.   To do this, you need to file form HA-520-U5 … Continue reading

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How long does It take to get a Social Security hearing?

In my experience with Colorado Social Security cases, hearings are usually scheduled approximately 12-14 months after the appeal is filed.   That is the most common time frame that I see for having a hearing scheduled. However,  I occasionally see cases … Continue reading

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Social Security myths: you have to wait 60 days after being denied to reapply

I hear this one with some frequency. I am meeting with a client and they tell me that someone at Social Security told them that if they want to appeal, they have to wait sixty days before starting a new … Continue reading

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What is an Social Security Informal Denial?

I am often asked: I got an informal denial. What is that? An informal denial typically means that Social Security is denying you because you may not be eligible for disability benefits. This is different from being denied because you are not … Continue reading

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The one element missing in most Social Security cases: a medical opinion of limitations

To be found disabled, generally you have to show that you are unable to perform some type of full-time work. This is a simplification of the Social Security disability standard, but it is sufficient for this article. The most common problem in … Continue reading

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Social Security denial: should you appeal or reapply?

I often hear the following question: I just got my Social Security denial letter. Should I appeal or reapply? While every case is different, based on my experiences handling Social Security claims in Colorado, I often find the you stand … Continue reading

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Denied at the Social Security hearing? Request the hearing tapes!

DisabilityAppeal.com has a interesting article on the importance of requesting the hearing tape if you are denied at hearing. In many instances, once the tapes are obtained and listened to, parts of the record will be inaudible. And in a … Continue reading

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CBS Reports: 2/3rds of Claims are Denied, Appeals Taking Over 2 Years

CBS reports on denials and long waiting periods in Social Security Disability cases. Disability Pay Rejections A two-month CBS News investigation has revealed that many individuals who are disabled are either being rejected or waiting years for a decision on … Continue reading

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Social Security myths: you have to be denied twice before you can win

MYTH: Clients often tell me that you have to be denied two or three times before Social Security will approve your case. I am not sure how these rumors get started but unfortunately, this belief often causes people to take … Continue reading

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