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Disability Denials in Portland, ME

:
What to Expect

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Was Your Social Security Disability Denied?
DON'T GIVE UP.
It’s heartbreaking when you know you cannot work but the government still
denies your case. The process to appeal can be long and tedious, but
success is often achieved.

If you have received a denial at the initial step, we strongly recommend that
you get legal help as soon as possible.

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Social Security Disability Denials
MORE OFTEN THAN NOT,
YOUR CLAIM WILL BE DENIED.

From 2003 to 2012, 59% of Social Security Disabilities claims were denied
Source: http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2013/sect04.html

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Social Security Disability Denials
IN 2012, OVER 40% OF COMPLETED
APPLICATIONS WERE INITIALLY DENIED
FOR “TECHNICAL” REASONS

Nearly 17% of total applications were still awaiting their final outcome.
Some cases started as early as 2007.
Source: http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2013/sect04.html

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Social Security Disability Denials
IN 2012, OVER 47% OF COMPLETED
APPLICATIONS THAT WERE NOT REJECTED
FOR “TECHNICAL REASONS” WERE DENIED
AT THE HEARING
Even if the SSA determines you to be both financially unable to pay your bills
AND
meeting the medical severity criteria for disability,
two of every thousand applicants will be denied.
Source: http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2013/sect04.html

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Social Security Disability Denial Process
1. Application
2. Initial Hearing
3. DENIAL
4. File Reconsideration Request
within 60 days of denial at hearing

5. Administrative Law Judge Hearing
within 60 days of denial of Reconsideration Request

6. Appeals Council
7. File Lawsuit Against Federal Government

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When Will Appeals Council Deny?
IF:
1.

Appearance of abuse of discretion by the Administrative Law Judge
2.

3.

An Error of Law by the Administrative Law Judge

The Actions, Findings or Conclusions of the Administrative Law Judge
are not supported by the evidence
4.

There are broad policy or procedural issues that may affect the
general public interest
Source: http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2013/sect04.html

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Do You Need A Lawyer?
The Honorable Robert T. Matsui,
Congressman from California, said:

“…In 2000, 63.6 percent of claimants represented by an attorney, but only
40.1 percent of those without one, were awarded benefits at the hearing
level.”
Source: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRECB-2001-pt16/html/CRECB-2001-pt16-Pg22947-2.htm

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Who Is Daniel Emery?

• Lawyer since 1980
• Practicing at own firm outside of Portland, ME since 1992
Member of Board of Directors of National Organization of Social Security
Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
• Only practices in disability law
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