The first step in obtaining Social Security benefits is to file an application and complete a Disability Report.
If you are turned down on your initial application, we will file a Request for Reconsideration for you. The Reconsideration process is an opportunity for a different Adjudicator to take a look at your claim and determine whether to change the Administration’s decision.
By law, the Adjudicator must order new medical evidence not listed on the initial Disability Report. Therefore, when we ask you for an update regarding your medical care, please be sure to tell us every new doctor you have seen and every new hospital you have been to since you filed your initial claim.
You will receive a decision on your Reconsideration within about three months. If you are denied at this level also, please don’t despair! We have only just begun to fight and will fight for you!
Please remember, there is no charge for your initial consultation. And if we take your case, you do not pay us unless we are successful in winning your claim. Once we win, our fee depends on your back pay. In most cases, the fee will be 25% of your back pay up to a maximum fee of $6,000. The fee can be higher if, and only if, the claim must be appealed to the Appeals Council or the Federal Court. But even then, it will never exceed 25% of your back pay, as a matter of law. It is most important for you to remember: there is NO FEE UNLESS WE WIN.