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A Review by the Appeals Council

What happens if your disability hearing renders an unsatisfactory decision? You do have options. You or your Macomb County Social Security disability lawyer can request that the Appeals Council review the decision.

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The Appeals Council can decide not to evaluate the decision of the ALJ, or Administrative Law Judge. When this happens, the ALJ’s decision is final. However, that determination is still subject to a review by the court. The Appeals Council can concur with, change, or even reverse the ALJ’s decision. The Appeals Council can even send the claim for a new hearing. Sometimes the Appeals Council takes it upon itself to look more closely at an ALJ’s decision, even when the claimant has not asked it to do so.

A Macomb County Social Security Disability Lawyer Explains the Appeal

You are allowed to offer new evidence (if it is relevant to the period before the ALJ made a decision) to the Appeals Council. In these cases, the Appeals Council nearly always examines your records. Even though you or your representative is permitted to make an oral petition to the Appeals Council, in reality this almost never happens.

Appealing to the Federal Court: The Next Step

But what if the Appeals Council declines to review your claim, or renders an unsatisfactory decision? You still have options. You or your Macomb County Social Security disability lawyer can file a civil motion in the United States District Court. If that happens, the Commissioner of Social Security becomes the defendant in the case. Decisions made by the Commissioner can be affirmed, changed, or reversed. The case can also be remanded for a new hearing. If the District Court renders an unsatisfactory decision, you can refer the matter to the United States Court of Appeals.

Your Macomb County Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help

A strong Macomb County Social Security disability lawyer can mean the difference in getting the benefits you feel you deserve. Contact J.B. Bieske and Jennifer Alfonsi, Attorneys at Law, at (800) 331-3530. These experienced professionals know what it takes to fight for your claim. Call them today.

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