Appealing Your SSD Benefits Claim
What to Do After Receiving a Denial
Most people will be denied by the Social Security Administration the first time they apply for
disability benefits, but this does not have to be the end of your case. The first appeal available to you is reconsideration, and may be requested within 60 days from the date of your denial. If your reconsideration appeal fails, you may file for a hearing before an administrative law judge. You again have 60 days from the date of your second denial to file for a hearing. If your hearing still finds that you do not qualify for benefits, you may appeal a third time for a review by the Appeals council of your administrative law judge's decision. The fourth and final appeal available to you is a suit filed in federal district court.
The appeals process is often long, very technical and can quickly become overwhelming if you are not prepared to fight a legal battle. You need a lawyer to plan and execute your appeals case for you. Disability Action Advocates understands why your case may have been denied by your disability determination examiner, and we know what additional evidence needs to be submitted to the Disability Determination Service during your appeal. We have won thousands of cases for people whose disabilities prevent them from obtaining gainful employment.
Professional Legal Assistance
After filing for an appeal, your claim wait time may vary, but your Social Security Disability lawyer will follow up with the SSA one to two weeks later. We will verify that they received all the evidence in your case, and take steps to make sure your appeal is processed as quickly as possible. The stronger your case, the less time it may take to evaluate, and you want the best when it comes to something as important as your disability benefits. Remember that we take no payment until your case is won, so contact us today to begin your appeals process.