Disabled individuals who have had their application for Social Security disability benefits denied should be familiar with the different appeals options and rights that they have. Many disabled individuals and their families rely on Social Security disability (SSD) benefits which is why they need to know how to qualify for them.
There are several levels of appeal after an application for Social Security disability benefits has been denied. Because most claims for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied, disabled applicants should know how the Social Security disability appeals process works.
If the disabled applicant’s claim for benefits has been denied, or their benefits have been modified or terminated, the different Social Security disability appeals options may be able to help them with the benefits they need.
The first step in the Social Security disability appeals process is a request for reconsideration. The request for reconsideration entails a new reviewer examining the disabled applicant’s claim for disability at the request of the applicant.
If the application for benefits remains denied following the request for reconsideration, the next level of appeal is a hearing before an administrative law judge which this blog has previously discussed making sure the applicant is prepared for.
If the administrative law judge denies the claim, additional appeals options include a review by the Social Security Administration Appeals Council or an appeal to the federal courts.
Because Social Security disability benefits are important to so many different disabled individuals, there is an extensive appeals process they can pursue when their claim for benefits has been denied. Disabled individuals and their families should be familiar with the appeals process and the resources available to help them in pursuit of the benefits they need.