Appeals options for Social Security disability applicants
Being denied for Social Security disability (SSD) can be worrisome for disabled individuals. For that reason, it is important for disabled individuals to be familiar with the Social Security disability appeals process and how it may be able to help them.
Request for reconsideration
A request for reconsideration is the first step in the Social Security disability appeals process where available. The review involves fresh eyes on the disabled individual’s application. A new reviewer will review the application anew and from the beginning.
If the Social Security disability application remains denied following an request for reconsideration, the disabled applicant can seek an appeal before an administrative law judge. It is important for disabled applicants to be prepared for their administrative hearing which will review their medical records and may include witnesses.
Social Security Appeals Council review
If the administrative law judge denies the disabled individual’s application for SSD benefits, the disabled applicant can request that the Social Security Appeals Council review the disabled individual’s application for disability benefits.
Appeal to federal court
If the appeals council denies the appeal for Social Security disability benefits, the disabled applicant can appeal to federal court.
Social Security disability can be a vital support for disabled individuals. Disabled individuals should know how to prepare a strong application for SSD benefits and provide comprehensive medical records. They should also know that most claims for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied. It is useful for disabled individuals and their families to not become frustrated but to instead be familiar with their appeals rights and how they can potentially help them.