I had my hearing with the judge for my ssi case and I was denied. What happens now and how can win my case. The letter stated I could appeal his decision and the ssi council would look at it. I read online this can take a long time to do. If I go ahead and do this what are y chances of winning my case? without a laywer or with a lawyer? please help
Percentage wise, more cases are approved at the hearing level than at the initial, reconsideration or Appeals Council level. This does not mean that you can not achieve a favorable decision or an order of remand from the Appeals Council.
I believe your chances are better with an attorney, since on appeal, it will need to be demonstrated that the ALJ made errors in the analysis of your case and that substantial evidence supports your disability. If you were represented at hearing, talk to your attorney regarding how to proceed and what can be done to prove the Judge's decision is erroneous. If you were not represented and wish to be, you can use AVVO to find counsel.
Not all attorneys want to take cases at the higher level of appeals. Keep searching and have your hearing decision and your exhibit disc ready for the attorney to review.
From a purely statistical standpoint, your chances of winning at the Appeals Council are very small. Typically the best you can hope for is that the Appeals Council will find error with the decision and send the case back to the judge for a new hearing and decision.
If you did not have an attorney at your hearing, you should attempt to find one willing to review the decision. They may be able to give you a better idea on the likelihood of success after knowing the facts of your case.
I agree with the other lawyers. I strongly urge you to discuss this matter with a lawyer experienced in social security. They can examine you case and determine if there are issues worth appealing. Keep in mind that you have 60 days to appeal.
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