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How the appeals process works for Social Security Disability

According to the Council for Disability Awareness, one out of four 20-year-olds can expect to experience a long-term disability before they reach retirement.

Thankfully, the U.S. provides Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to provide financial aid to those suffering from a disability. However, SSD has a notoriously difficult application process, as the Social Security Administration denies well over half of all initial applications.

What to do after a denied SSD application

Suffering from a disability can be extremely challenging. Getting rejected for disability benefits can add stress to an already difficult experience.

However, if the SSA has denied your claim, it does not mean that you cannot receive your benefits. Many qualified individuals have their initial SSD application rejected for a variety of reasons.

If the SSA rejects your initial application, you should appeal the decision. Appealing the decision can help you get your benefits while avoiding having to resubmit a whole new application.

How the appeals process work

There are four different levels of appeal for SSD.

  1. Reconsideration
  2. Administrative law judge hearing
  3. Appeal Council hearing
  4. Federal Court review

These levels usually follow one another in a progression. If the SSA does not approve you for benefits in the reconsideration process, you may next apply for a hearing with an administrative law judge and so on.

Getting a lawyer

Studies have shown that those who seek representation for their SSD applications are twice as likely to have their applications approved.

Though no one knows the ins and outs of your disability as well as you do, an attentive lawyer can help represent your case and alleviate financial stress during this period in your life.

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