Should I Appeal My Partially Favorable Social Security Disability Decision?

If you have received a Partially Favorable decision from the Social Security Administration or an Administrative Law Judge, you may wonder whether you should appeal in order to try to obtain the benefits that the Administration did not allow. You have the right to appeal the decision, however beware of the risks of appealing a Partially Favorable decision. Usually a partially favorable decision is entered when the Administration and/or the Administrative Law Judge feels that the medical evidence supports disability AFTER the date originally claimed.

Although failure to appeal the decision will result in the decision becoming final and you will lose entitlement to all benefits for the period that it was determined you were not disabled, there are also risks to filing an appeal. If an appeal is filed and the claim is reviewed and/or scheduled for a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge, the Judge could review the entire decision, including the portion of the decision finding you disabled. It is possible that a new hearing could result in an Unfavorable decision and the loss of benefits that you were previously granted. It is always a good idea to speak with a knowledgeable social security attorney who understands the risks prior to making a decision on whether or not to appeal a Partially Favorable decision

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