The Social Security Administration denies approximately 67% of all initial disability claims. You have 60 days to appeal an unfavorable claim for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. In NYS there is currently no reconsideration level of appeal on claims for disability, so you go straight to a hearing. A request for hearing can be filed online at my office or you can complete the forms on your own.
When you file a request for hearing you should ALWAYS state that you wish to appear at the hearing and you should ALWAYS hire an experienced social security attorney to help you prepare for the hearing. Do not go to a hearing without representation!
A recent Government Accounting Office study of hearings level allowance rates for disability claims showed that claimants who had representatives were allowed benefits at a rate nearly 3 times higher than those without representation.