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Supplemental Security Income: Dealing With the Appeals Process
Monday, March 12, 2012, 02:04 AM - Law - USAThe Social Security Administration (SSA) is the one that handles the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. As such, the federal agency is also in-charge of making decisions on several claims being filed by SSI applicants. The said program looks at the applicant's "limited" income and resources in order for him or her claim to be approved.
However, the SSA also has the right to deny the applicant benefits if the income and resources are more than what the SSA set as a threshold. Then, the denied applicant is given the right to appeal under the following basis:
∑ The eligibility of the applicant to receive SSI payments
∑ The SSI payment amount
∑ The overpayment issue, whether the applicant is bound to repay or not
The applicant who has been denied of the SSI claim at the initial stage of the application can start filing for an appeal on the day he or she received the SSA's letter of determination. If the applicant thinks he is eligible to receive benefits or disagrees with the amount which he is bound to receive, or does not feel he is at fault with the issue of overpayment, that person can file for an appeal.
The applicant has within 60 days from the date he or she received the notice to file for an appeal. If he has filed within 10 days, he can still receive SSI payments; that is until the SSA decides on the appeal. The federal agency tells the applicant if he or she can still be allowed to receive SSI payments and benefits. To expedite the process of the appeal, the applicant can seek the help of a California disability lawyer.
The appeals process always starts with the reconsideration stage, wherein the denied applicant can start filing an appeal within the above mentioned 60-day period. The applicant or his or her lawyer can request to have the claim reconsidered through writing and/or through the completion of the Request for Reconsideration form (SSA-561).
Most likely, the applicant may be denied or may disagree with the SSA's decision on the first stage of the appeal. If it is so, he or she can file a petition before a disability hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). At this point, the help of the California disability lawyer would be very important in trying to articulate to the judge the reasons why the applicant is eligible for SSI benefits.
By: Ashley Dwayne Casas
Ashley is an online writer. She spends so much time in internet surfing and reading about legal/law matters. She is an advocate of rights and dedicated on writing social security disability attorneys and California disability lawyer articles to date.
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How to Appeal a Social Security Disability Denial
Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 12:30 AM - Law - USAIf an individual applies for Social Security disability insurance and is denied there is an appeals process they can through in order for reconsideration of their application.
If an individual wishes to appeal the Social Security Administrationís decision regarding their application for disability insurance they can do so, however they must make their request in writing within 60 days from the date they received Social Securityís denial letter. The Social Security Administration assumes that the individual receives their letter five days after the date posted on the letter, unless an individual can show them they received it later. There are generally three or four levels of appeals; the first being reconsideration, second is a hearing by and administrative law judge, third is a review by appeals council and lastly is a federal court review. When the Social Security Administration sends an individual their letter about their decision on their claim they give them instructions on how to appeal the decision.
The first level of appeals is reconsideration. Reconsideration is a complete review of the individualís application by someone who didnít take place in the first decision. The individual at the Social Security Administration reviewing the application will look at any evidence submitted when the original application was sent in and also any new evidence. Most of reconsideration reviews are done without the individual present, however if the individual is appealing a decision that they are no longer eligible for disability insurance because their condition has improved, they can meet with a Social Security representative to explain to them why they believe they still have a disability.
The second level of appeals is a hearing by an administrative law judge. If an individual disagrees with the reconsideration decision, they may ask for a hearing. The administrative law judge conducting the hearing is one who had no part in the first decision or the reconsideration decision in the individualís case. The hearing is held usually within 75 miles of the individualís home, and the administrative judge notifies the individual of the time and place of the hearing. The individual and their representative (if they have one) may come to the hearing to explain their case to the judge in person; they may look at the information in their file and give any new information that they have. In order for the administrative law judge to make his/her decision they will question the individual and their witnesses they bring to the hearing. Other witnesses such as medical and vocational experts may also give the judge information at the hearing. The individual or representative then also may question the witnesses. It is usually to the individuals advantage if they attend their hearing, however if they chose not to do so they must notify the Social Security Administration in writing that they donít want to attend. In some situations they hearing may be held as a video conference rather than in person. The individual will be notified ahead of time if this is the case. A video conference is often more convenient for the individual, it also is usually faster to schedule a video conference than an in-person hearing. Lastly the video conference may also make it closer to their home so it would make it easier for the individual to have witnesses and others accompany them. Unless the administrative law judge believes that the individual presence is needed to decide the case he or she will make their decision based on all the information in the individualís case and thatís including any new information. Lastly when the administrative law judge has reached their decision the individual will be sent a letter and a copy of the administrative law judgeís decision.
The third level of appeal in denial of Social Security disability benefits is an appeals council. This level of appeal happens when the individual doesnít agree with the hearingís decision they make ask for a review by the Social Securityís Appeals Council. The Appeals Council looks at all requests for review, they can however deny a request if they believe that the decision of the hearing was correct. If the Appeals Council decides to review the individualís case it will either decide the individuals case itself or it will return it to an administrative law judge for further review. If the Appeals Council denies the individuals request for a review they will send the individual a letter explaining the denial, if the Appeals Council makes a decision on the case the individual will be sent a copy of the Appeals Councilís decision, and lastly if the Appeals Council returns the case to an administrative law judge for further review the individual will receive a letter and a copy of the order for further review from the Appeals Council.
The last level of appeals is federal court. If the individual disagrees with the decision of the Appeals Council or the Appeals Council denied request for a review of their case, the individual may file a law suit in a federal district court. The letter that the Social Security Administration sends to the individual explaining about the Appeals Councilís action will also have information regarding how to ask a court to look at the individualís case.
An individual may still be eligible to receive disability insurance while the Social Security Administration makes a decision on their appeal if, the individual is appealing a decision that they can no longer get Social Security disability benefits because their medical condition is not disabling or, if the individual is appealing the Social Security Administrationís decision that they are no longer eligible for SSI payments or that their SSI payments may be reduced or suspended. If the individual wishes to continue receiving benefits they must notify the Social Security Administration within ten days of receiving the administrationís letter. If the individuals appeal is turned down they might be required to pay back any money they were not eligible to receive.
An individual appealing a Social Security disability denial has the right to have a representative help them in their appeals process. The Social Security Administration offers free help with the appeals process however the individual may also opt to have a lawyer, a friend or someone else to help them. The Social Security Administration will work with the individuals representative in all the steps to appeal, the representative can act for the individual in most Social Security matters and will also receive copies of any decisions made about the individuals claim. The representative however cannot collect any fees from the individual without prior permission of the Social Security Administration. Rules about representation can be found on the Social Security Administrationís website. http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10075.html
In order to contact the Social Security Administration for further information regarding a denial of disability insurance their website at ssa.gov is a very useful resource of information they also have a number of things the individual can do online. The individual can also contact the Social Security Administration directly by calling them at 1-800-772-1213.
By: Ashley Gurdon
This article as written by Ashley Gurdon, a Suffolk University student and intern for the employment lawyers at Goldstein and Clegg, LLC
Submitted by the Legal Blog
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 12:26 AM - StressA few years ago an (irritatingly) catchy little tune called Don't Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin was going the rounds. Once heard it took ages to get out of your head. But within that simple song lies a profound message; we spend way too much time worrying.
The thing about worrying is that no good ever comes of it. Worry dissipates your energies, diverting them from more constructive use. As we've got better at curing physical illness so it seems mental illnesses such as stress, depression, anxiety (essentially all aliases for worry) have expanded to fill the gap. And of course these conditions adversely affect physical health.
But even worse than that, worry is a form of thought. And as countless teachers have told thoughts are very powerful things. They tend to manifest themselves in reality. So by worrying, you actually serve to create the very thing you are worried about!
If something is bothering you all the worry in the world isn't going to help (and will most likely harm). Whatever it may be - money, work, relationships, kids, health, family... DO something about it. If the problem is money, start planning and budgeting a little better; if it's work, start checking the job ads or consider something more radical like self-employment or re-training; if it's health, eat healthy, exercise and follow the doctor's orders...
Sit quietly, take a few deep breaths, analyze what's wrong and what you can do about it. Don't be afraid to ask for help through prayer, or even from those you trust.
In most situations you'll have a choice of potential actions (including simply doing nothing and letting what will be just be). And for each, since we can't see the future, a range of possible outcomes - including the best, worst and most likely.
You'll now be empowered by knowledge. Decide what you're going to do. Then do it. And stop worrying, because you KNOW that you've done the best you could in the circumstances, and whatever happens you KNOW that you couldn't have done any better.
Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday
Think back to childhood. I'm pretty sure you worried then too. Perhaps you forgot to revise for a class test, or maybe you got dropped from the football team, or your best friend didn't want to let you in a game... At the time didn't it seem the biggest problem in the world, but looking back don't your childhood worries seem inconsequential? And that's how today's worries will seem when reviewed in the world of Spirit. So stop worrying and be happy.
By: J Finnis
Johnny Finnis is editor of selfhelpsanctum.com, helping you help yourself. Have your say on our blog A Spiritual Voice.
Submitted by Stress Management Tips And Information.