The administrative evaluation of your Arkansas disability claim
Social Security disability applications can go through four different levels of administrative adjudication. If your claim is accepted at any level, then you are done. Here are the four levels:
- The initial determination. This is performed by a disability analyst and a doctor (or sometimes a clinical psychologist) who work for the Arkansas Disability Determination for Social Security Administration. The decision is made based on the paperwork in your application and medical file. You do not get to talk to the disability analyst. Decisions from the Arkansas Disability Determination for Social Security Administration are adopted by the Social Security Administration.
- Reconsideration. Just as with the initial determination, reconsideration of initial determinations is done by the Arkansas Disability Determination for Social Security Administration. Again, you do not get to talk to the decision-maker.
- Appeal hearing to an Administrative Law Judge. The appeal hearing is your first chance to have a direct meeting with the person who makes the decision on your claim. The Administrative Law Judge works for the Social Security Administration (rather than the State of Arkansas, like the initial disability analyst) and will hear testimony about your disability.
- Review by the Appeals Council. Appeals beyond the Administrative Law Judge go to a national Appeals Council.
Let me help with your Arkansas disability claim
If you are not already represented by an Arkansas Social Security disability lawyer and want my evaluation, please give me a brief description of your claim using the form at the top of this page.
Or you may contact me at:
Arkansas Disability Claims Attorney
Thurman & Flanagin
1148 E. Stearns
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
105A Passion Play Road
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632