You can appeal the decision. You normally have 65 days from the date of the decision to appeal it. The appeal will probably be a Request for Hearing. Normally, you can do a hearing online. In these instances, they usually do not allow you to do it online. You will have to do it by mail. You should mail it certified mail, return receipt. That way, you can prove the dates you file the appeal.
I would go ahead and do the appeal, but you have to be aware of the following. If you eventually go to a hearing, the ALJ can reverse the prior decision and you can lose everything. On the other hand, you may be able to get the back pay. One of the issues will be whether the medical records show that you were unable to work prior to June 2013. That will depend on your age and the nature of your work for the 15 years prior to the time you stopped work. Age is a major factor in this instance. If you are over 50, and all of your work has been standing for the 15 years prior to October 2012, and now you are limited to sedentary work (if you are over 50 there are instances where you do not have to prove you cannot work at all. You simply have to prove you are limited to sedentary work.), They can award disability.
You should hire an attorney immediately so that the appeal can be done in a timely fashion. After you do the appeal, he will have access to the medical records we had access to. Both of you can then make a determination whether it makes sense to go forward or simply accept the benefits as is.
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I agree with my brother at the bar that this is more appropriately directed to a SSI/SSDI attorney.
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The new trend by Judge's is to approve claims but change the onset date, or to flat out deny more claims. two years ago 65-70% got approved; Now about 40% get approved by judges and many get "approved" like you did - with an amended or changed onset or starting date. And, it gets worse - appeals on SS cases, to the Appeals Council, win or get sent back for hearing only about 19% of the time. So, the chance of winning is very small. And, as someone mentioned, the Appeals Council could send the case back and the Judge could deny everything, so you have some heavy risks involved. I suggest getting a copy of you file and meeting with an experienced Social Security attorney to review it - to see if there is anything significant to appeal.
You may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact your local legal aid office if you cannot afford an attorney. If there is a law school in your area, you may contact their legal clinic as well.
You may also contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area. The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is www.nosscr.org.
In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security: The National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy, Divisions of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.
Their link is: http://www.nblsc.us/
I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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