How We Handle Your Case
1. You will speak to an attorney who will obtain enough information to decide if this office will accept your case.
2. If we accept your case, you will need to sign various papers, including an Appointment of Representative form (SSA-1696), a fee contract, and a consent form authorizing us to obtain your medical records.
3. We will complete the appeal forms. If your claim was denied at the initial level, we will complete the Request for Reconsideration along with the supporting materials. If your claim was denied at the Reconsideration level, we will complete the Request for Hearing, along with supporting materials.
4. We will file the appropriate papers with the Social Security Administration, informing them that we are handling your case and appealing the unfavorable decision.
5. At the Reconsideration stage, it generally takes between 60 and 120 days for a decision to be made on your claim.
6. There is a tremendous backlog of cases waiting to be heard at the Social Security Administration hearing offices. After a Hearing Request is filed, the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review usually takes between 16 and 18 months to schedule the hearing.
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Contact McGill & Noble, Attorneys at Law for a free initial consultation with a Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law.
No fees or costs unless benefits are awarded • Home and hospital visits • Evening and weekend appointments available
Our office is on the fourth floor of the Southpark building, located at the corner of Westgate Drive and University Drive in Durham.