How the SSD benefits appeals process works
It is a well-known fact that the many first time applications for certain governmental benefits are denied and must be appealed. Initial claims for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are no exception. As a result, it is important that individuals seeking to secure these benefits are prepared for the possibility that they will be compelled to appeal an initially denied claim.
Once your claim has been denied, your attorney will file an appeal. The SSD appellate process has a few stages. Your claim may be successful after the initial appellate stage or it may need to advance to an additional stage. In either case, your attorney will be able to help you navigate the process.
First, you must request that the Social Security Administration (SSA) reconsider your claim. This process is time-sensitive, so do not delay your request for reconsideration. Reconsideration will allow a fresh set of eyes to review your application.
If your request for consideration results in a claim denial, then your attorney will need to request a hearing with an administrative law judge who handles SSD cases. This hearing will allow your attorney to present evidence and witnesses that will support your claim. Again, this process is time-sensitive, so do not delay informing your attorney of your reconsideration denial.
It is common for would-be SSD beneficiaries to be forced into defending their claims throughout the appellate process. Please ask your attorney any questions you may have about the process and keep him or her informed of any denials you receive. An experienced SSD attorney will know how to proceed to the next level and to handle a claim successfully whenever possible.