SSDI/SSI Appeals Process

The SSDI/SSI Appeals Process

Most Social Security disability and supplemental security income applications are initially denied. The first step in the appeals process, known as the request for reconsideration, is also unsuccessful more often than not. If you’re appealing your denial for disability benefits, your strongest chance is usually the second or third stage. For the first time, you’ll have the chance to put forth live testimony and detailed evidence in support of your case.

With the help of a seasoned attorney, you can improve your likelihood of getting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Expert Guidance through the SSDI/SSI Appeals Process

If you are appealing, you should first consult an experienced Social Security appeals attorney. At the Law Offices of Jason Khattar, our highly skilled representatives know the system. We have enjoyed many successful cases before administrative law judges.

There are several things we do that can strengthen your case:

  • Apply our knowledge of eligibility criteria
  • Demonstrate how your condition corresponds with disability listings
  • Cross-examine medical and vocational experts in support of your claim


Our lawyers will represent you throughout the appeals process. At your hearing, our objective is simple. We seek to demonstrate that your medical records, work documents and circumstances prove your disabling condition.

We will work tirelessly to prove that you cannot “engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA).” For you to qualify, your total disability must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 12 months. Disabilities expected to lead to death may also qualify you for benefits.

Your disability must be medically determinable. Such conditions include:

  • Neck or back problems, including degenerative disc disease
  • Neurological disorders
  • Psychiatric illness
  • Heart disease or other cardiovascular illness
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory problems, and
  • Medical conditions that are hard to diagnose, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia or sympathetic reflex dystrophy

Our law firm handles Social Security disability appeals on a contingent-fee basis. We only collect an attorney’s fee if we are successful in your case. Our fees are paid as a percentage of the back benefits you receive, up to a certain amount. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has to approve any fee we charge. Our fees can only apply to backpay. You pay us nothing out of pocket in an SSDI case.

In many cases, especially those involving claimants over 50 years of age, we are able to establish a right to disability on the basis of multiple physical and mental impairments. Even if a single impairment is not enough to establish disability, the combination of impairments may be.

If we cannot win your case at the administrative hearing stage, we can always appeal it again to the Social Security Appeals Council and then to the U.S. District and Circuit Courts. At the higher levels, our trial experience and skills may provide you a key advantage.

Contact us HERE for a free consultation about your Social Security disability appeal. We are ready to help at all levels, whether before an administrative law judge or in federal court.

Consult the Law Offices of Jason Khattar in San Antonio today.