As you may already know, Supplemental Security Income is an assistance program that provides cash benefits to adults and children who are disabled as well as people who are 65 years of age or older who have limited funds or resources. Considered to be an incredibly helpful program, many become frustrated when their claims are denied. That's because they know they will need to appeal their claim if they want any hope of getting access to the benefits they need and deserve.
But if you found the application process to be complicated and overwhelming, then you may consider the appeals process to be even more challenging. That's because the appeals process can involve an administrative law judge and an Appeals Council who review and make determinations on your case. An appeal can even escalate to the federal court level, which is a part of litigation few people have experienced before or know what to expect.
That's why if your claim for SSI benefits has been denied and you are considering an appeal you should know that you have the right to legal representation and should exercise this right as soon as possible. At The Law Office of Sheryl Gandel Mazur we have considerable experience handling disability claims, including those for SSI benefits. We know the law and how it applies to even the most unique of cases. When we work with applicants, we make sure they are not going into the appeals process alone or without the right information either.
Although some people may not want to involve an attorney because of their financial situation, those who have are oftentimes glad they did because their lawyer was able to get them access to the benefits they needed -- benefits they might not have been able to get without professional help.