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Panama City Federal Court Appeals

Helping Clients in FL for Over 20 Years

When you are denied Social Security disability after a hearing with a Judge, your only option is to file a suit in Federal Court for your disability benefits. The “last chance” for a Social Security Disability claim is filing a lawsuit in Federal District Court claiming the Administrative Law Judge made mistakes. The Federal Court only reverses ALJ decisions and grant benefits about 2% of the time. However, approximately 49% of cases at the Federal Court stage are remanded back to the ALJ for a second chance at the hearing stage. This means a second chance to get the disability benefits you deserve.

Call our Panama City disability attorneys at (850) 296-0491 and get support from our experienced attorney.

Social Security Disability - Federal Appeals Overview

Why You Need The Disability Clinic

If you are denied Social Security disability benefits by an Administrative Law Judge, you MUST file a request for review by the Appellate Counsel (“AC”). The AC only reviews the case to see if the ALJ made any mistakes of law or fact. The odds of success at this stage are extremely low. Only about 1% of the claimants are awarded benefits at the AC stage, and only about 9% of cases are sent back on remand to the ALJ to correct mistakes. Remand will not always result in success, however. The Appellate Counsel Review generally takes between 6-12 months.

However, the AC appeal is required to keep fighting for your Social Security Disability benefits. After the AC’s decision, you have a much better chance of succeeding by filing a Federal suit against the Social Security Administration for your right to disability benefits. In fact, approximately 51% of claimants who file Federal cases for Social Security disability benefits succeed in either obtaining benefits or getting a second chance to prove their case.

It is even more important to hire an attorney at the Federal suit stage. These cases are governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and involve extensive legal research and writing. Our team has over 20 years of experience an extensive track record of success.

DO NOT GIVE UP! Call us to discuss your options. If a Judge denies your benefits, it is not the end of the road for you. We can help you keep fighting for your disability benefits. Remember, you only have 60 days to appeal decisions at each level, so you must act quickly.

Let The Disability Clinic handle your claim for benefits at every level. Schedule a consultation with our Panama City disability attorneystoday.