What happens if you lose at your hearing? What are your options?
Social Security disability law says that if you lose you can either start over with a new application, or you can appeal the hearing judge's denial by filing Form HA-520. How do you know which way to proceed?
My guest today is Karl Osterhout, a lawyer based in Pittsburgh who has built a substantial national practice representing claimants before the Appeals Council and in Federal Court. As you will learn, the Appeals Council is not concerned about whether or not you are disabled - the task of the Appeals Council is to determine whether the hearing judge made a mistake of law or fact.
Hearing attorneys like me rely on appellate attorneys like Karl for advice about whether an Appeals Council appeal is likely to be successful. I learned a great deal about how the Appeals Council works and about the types of issues in unfavorable hearing decisions that are likely to support a remand or reversal.
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