Many people think or hope that, due to the fact they have waited so long to get a hearing in front of a judge, they are finally going to be granted benefits after the hearing.
However, a significant number of cases are denied after a hearing.
Even very good and well-documented cases may not initially succeed at the hearing level.
Your case may be assigned to a judge who simply grants relatively few claims.
Or, the judge (who does not know you personally) may decide that you are not credible for any variety of reasons.
Opinions from psychologists or doctors that support your claim may be rejected.
However, this does not mean these bases for rejecting your claim cannot be reversed on appeal.
Fortunately, the hearing in front of an administrative law judge is not the end of the line.
If you do not win your hearing, you may appeal to the Appeals Council.
If you do not succeed there, you can file a case in Federal District Court in the district you live in.
The Social Security Administration recognizes that judges make mistakes and thus has created all of these layers of appeal.
It is essential to have a lawyer involved due to the complexities of appeals.
The Appeals Council and Federal District Court appeals involve writing legal briefs that challenge the administrative law judge’s decision.
The key to success in most cases is to keep appealing adverse decisions until benefits are granted.
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