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Disability Attorney & Social Security Law in Auburn, ME

If you need a disability attorney or simply have questions about Social Security law, seek out the experts of Woodruff & Mathis Attorneys at Law in Auburn, Maine. If you are unsure about the reason for your claim getting denied, just know that the 3 most common reasons for denial are substantial work, lack of medical evidence, and substance abuse. Our law office will facilitate this process for you.

Disability Process

Step 1: Filing the Initial Application. If your initial application is filed correctly, your waiting period for a decision is 3–6 months and denial rates are very high. If you are denied, you have 60 days from the date of your denial letter to file a reconsideration. You can file online athttp://www.socialsecurity.gov/. It can also be done at your local Social Security office. There are 9 locations in Maine:
  • Auburn
  • Rumford
  • Portland
  • Augusta
  • Saco
  • Bangor
  • Presque Isle
  • Rockland
  • Waterville
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Step 2: Reconsideration. Your information on the appeal will be sent to Disability Determination Services, where the original decision was made. At this stage you are asking a decision maker to review the initial decision and consider changing that decision. Denial rates here are also very high. If you are denied again, you have 60 days from the date of the denial letter to file an appeal to see an Administrative Law Judge.

Step 3: Seeing an Administrative Law Judge. This can be done at the same 9 locations listed above. Information at this stage will be sent to the Administrative Law Court. Here, you'll have the opportunity to present your case to a Federal Administrative Law Judge. Once your appeal is successfully filed, you will receive a letter telling you that your appeal has been received. You will then wait about 1 year from the date of that letter for a court date.
Contact us an appointment to further discuss this process as it applies to you.