What is the Appeals Council and are my chances good?
The Appeals Council is a body in the Falls Church, Virginia area that reviews denials by administrative law judges. They review the denials for factual mistakes, legal mistakes, and your chances at the appeal council depend how badly the judge messed up the hearing and messed up the decision.
We take a fair number of denials to the Appeals Council and we have very good luck pointing out the miscues of the decision writer and the problems with the denials. As of July the 29th it became a lot more complicated because you have to decide between appealing your old case to the Appeals Council and starting a new case. You can no longer do both. So we need to consult with our clients, decide based on their age, based on their insurance status, and a number of factors what is the best way to proceed for them.
If you have had your Social Security application denied, a Social Security attorney from the Hankey Law Office may be able to help you appeal the decision. Contact us at (800) 520-3633 to learn more about how a lawyer can you help fight for the benefits you need.