If people suffer a debilitating illness, injury or mental condition that prevents them from keeping gainful employment and is expected to last at least a year or ultimately end in death, they may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. If they are initially denied, as many are, they have 60 days to appeal the administration’s decision.
It’s not the end of the world if people’s Social Security disability benefits claim have initially been denied, as there is a four part appeals process available to utilize in an effort to get their claim accepted. Among the steps in the appeals process are reconsideration, a hearing, an Appeals Council review and a review by Federal court.
After people have been initially denied, they can seek reconsideration. This means a new Social Security representative will review you case and render a decision. If that does not work, they can have a hearing where their case will be reviewed by an administrative law judge who was not involved in the previous decisions. If that fails, people can then seek a review by the Social Security Appeals Council. If that also fails, there is one more step people can take to try to get their benefits claim accepted, Federal court.
The final step is a legal process, and it may be helpful to have a representation by a professional firm familiar with Social Security Disability benefits and the appeals process to assure that people have the best chance of winning when they enter their claim in Federal court.
Source: Social Security Administration, “Your Right To Question The Decision Made On Your Claim,” Accessed Jan. 12, 2016