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Appealing the Claim

How to Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Claim

Appealing a denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits claim is a complex process that contains many stages. With over 60% of all initial SSD claims being denied, it is important to understand the appeals process and the procedure that must be followed. Having the service of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney from our organization can be of great assistance to you given the complexity and multifaceted nature of the appeals process.

Appeal Process Stages

Once you have received your Notice of decision you have 60 days from the receipt of the letter to submit your application for appeal. The appeals process has several stages, each having specific paperwork and information that must be filed with specific departments of the Social Security Disability Administration:

  • Reconsideration-This is the first stage of the appeals process. After completing and submitting a Request for Reconsideration and an Appeal Disability Report, the information will be forwarded to the State Disability Determination Services Offices. Someone different from the individual who reviewed your original application will review your Reconsideration application and render a decision. Over 85% of all Reconsideration applications will be denied.
  • Hearing-If your Reconsideration application is denied you may complete and submit a Request for Hearing by Administration Law Judge and an Appeal Disability Report. This information will be forwarded to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review for determination of eligibility for SSD benefits by a judge. During this stage of the process you may request to meet face to face with the judge.
  • Appeals Council Review-If your case has again been denied, you may complete and submit a Request for Review of Decision/Order of Administrative Law Judge. This information will be forwarded to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review for a determination.
  • District Court Case-If your case is still being denied, your final option is to bring a legal case against the Social Security Administration in a district court. You must have legal representation during this final process of the appeal.

As you can see, the appeals process is complex and can be confusing. Don't risk receiving the benefits you deserve by not understanding the appeals process. Procure the proven legal guidance of an attorney from our organization to assist you in this detailed process.

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Disability Action Advocates (DAA) has successfully been advocating for our clients for 20 years with over 1,000 cases won. We take pride in dedicating the necessary time and resources to help you in seeking the benefits you deserve. We represent clients in all areas of Social Security Disability law including the application process, denied SSD benefits and appeals and hearings.