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Steps in the SSD Appeal Process

Steps in the SSD Appeal Process

by Norris Injury Lawyers | October 18th, 2016

Social Security Disability benefits should be available to every disabled American who applies. However, with more than two-thirds of all initial applications denied by the Social Security Administration, the reality is most folks seeking SSD benefits could be facing a denial. Luckily, a good number of folks who appeal end up securing benefits, especially with an attorney on their side.

Here’s the basic process for the SSD appeal process:

  • Reconsideration—You are required to submit a request for reconsideration in writing within 60 days of the date you received your denial notice. Fail to make this deadline and your benefits may be lost for good.
  • Administrative Law Judge Hearing—If your initial reconsideration request is denied, you may request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). However, you should be prepared to collect and submit additional medical exams or tests.
  • Appeals Council Review—Folks who don’t secure benefits at the ALJ level can request an appeals council review. One of three things will happen at this stage: the Appeals Council will grant your request for review and decide the case itself, grant your request for review and send it back to the ALJ to decide, or deny your request altogether.
  • Federal Court—When all else fails, your last course of action is to file a civil action with the U.S. District Court in your area. Although you should have really had an attorney on your side up to this point, to have a chance at securing benefits at this stage, an attorney is crucial.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we fight to get benefits for our disabled clients as quickly as possible, so they can get on with their lives knowing that their family is provided for. If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’re ready to help you build the best appeal possible to ensure you get the benefits you deserve.


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