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    The idea of getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits gives you hope when you’re up against health problems, blocked from working, and overwhelmed with money worries.

    The monthly income that comes with SSI could change your life. You could afford basic necessities and hold on to a measure of independence.

    Then you were denied. You asked for Social Security to reconsider and were denied again. Then a third time. And a fourth time.

    It’s easy to run out of hope, but you still have an option: appealing in federal court.

    The lawyers at Harder, Wells, Baron & Manning have more than 60 years of combined experience helping people in Oregon win disability benefits.

    We have offices in Eugene-Springfield, Albany, Roseburg, Coos Bay and Medford.

    Don’t give up hope. Talk to us about keeping your shot at financial assistance alive.

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    Your Path to a Federal SSI Appeal

    Before you reach federal court with your SSI appeal, you go through these steps within Social Security:

    • Applying for benefits but getting denied
    • Asking Social Security for a reconsideration of the denial
    • Taking your claim to a hearing with a Social Security administrative law judge
    • Asking the Appeals Council at Social Security to review the judge’s decision

    Then you reach federal court.

    Now you’re going outside Social Security. Officially, you’re suing the Commissioner of Social Security.

    When you’re looking at a federal SSI appeal, you’ll want to talk to an experienced disability lawyer.

    This is different from the other steps in applying for SSI. We have a disability attorney who focuses on these cases.

    Here are two important points to consider:

    • Suing in federal court preserves your original disability application date. So when you win approval, you’ll get more back pay.
    • You can’t add new information to your claim, however. The judge focuses on reviewing your previous disability denials.

    If your medical condition has changed in a major way since your last appeal, you may be better off reapplying and showing Social Security your updated situation.

    To help you make this decision, you can get Harder, Wells, Baron & Manning to provide an initial review of your case at no cost to you.

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    How Does the Federal SSI Appeals Process Work?

    This is how a federal court appeal looks:

    • Your lawyer files your case in United States District Court.
    • Your lawyer submits documents arguing that Social Security made mistakes in denying your benefits.
    • The court looks only at evidence already in your claim record.
    • The federal judge evaluates Social Security’s decision to turn you down.
    • The process takes place through court documents. You probably won’t have a direct conversation with the judge.

    What happens next?

    The federal judge can deny or award your benefits or send your case back to Social Security with instructions to change their decision.

    This is a long process. But our disability attorneys can stay by your side. And at the end, you can win back pay for the time you waited for benefits and helping you pay off debts.

    THERE’S NO ATTORNEY FEE UNTIL YOU WIN.

    Winning benefits could provide a much deserved break from your stress.

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    Have a Question about Disability Benefits?

    Your health is bad. You can’t work. Your financial stability is threatened. So your head is swimming with questions. How will you get by? How does Social Security Disability work? We’ve gathered answers. See them here:

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    “(My lawyer) did a great job getting my case ready, and the court settled in my favor. I highly recommend Harder, Wells, Baron & Manning.”

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