If your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits was denied, you’re not alone. As many as 70 percent of all initial claims for SSD benefits are rejected by the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, a denial doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road; you can file for a reconsideration and In the event you disagree with a decision, you can appeal it. Appeals are common after the initial and reconsideration levels. More a denied SSD claim.
Navigating the SSD Appeals Process
We are here to explain the updated process and what you’ll need to know to appeal a denied SSD claim in 2023.
First, you’ll need to gather certain documents and All documents you submit to Social Security to support your case for disability, retirement benefits or payment amount. More that supports your case. The SSA outlines all of the information you’ll need to file an appeal, which includes your name, address, The nine digit number given to you by the Social Security Administration. More, the date you received your denial, and your medical records.
To start the appeals process, you have several options:
- Online: You can submit your request for reconsideration using the SSA’s online portal. Visit the SSA website and follow the instructions to submit your appeal.
- By mail: Fill out the required forms (such as the SSA-561, Request for Reconsideration) and mail them to your local The office that handles all Social Security matters in your area. Please see the link for a local Social Security office near you. https://www.ssa.gov/locator/?URL=%2Fapps6z%2FFOLO%2Ffo001.jsp More.
- In person: Visit your local Social Security office and submit the required forms in person.
Once you’ve submitted your request for reconsideration, an examiner will review your case and either uphold or reverse the previous decision. If your case is denied again, you can request a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). To request a hearing, you’ll need to submit Form HA-501.
If the ALJ’s decision is still not in your favor, you have the option to request a review by the Appeals Council. You’ll need to submit Form HA-520 within 60 days of receiving the ALJ’s decision. The Appeals Council may either deny your request, decide your case, or return it to an ALJ for further review.
If your case is not resolved favorably by the Appeals Council, your final option is to file a lawsuit in a federal district court.
The policies that govern the SSD appeals process are complex, and having a Social Security Disability lawyer by your side during the claims process can help ensure your rights are protected at all times.