Appealing Your Disability Claim
Most initial claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are denied. But you have the right to appeal if you were denied because of failure to follow prescribed therapy or lack of medical evidence. At Fields Law Firm, we have experience handling Social Security Disability appeals, and we’re here to help prepare a strong appeal on your behalf.
If you have questions about filing your disability appeal, we’re here to provide you with the answers you need. Just dial 1-888-343-5375 or fill out a free contact request form. You’re not alone if your SSD claim was denied – we understand, and we’re here to listen to your story.
The 4 Levels of Social Security Disability Appeals
If you choose to file an appeal, you have 60 days from the date you received your denial letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Once your appeal is filed, you will go through up to four levels of the SSD appeals process:
An official from the SSA’s Disability Determination Services (DDS) who had no part in reviewing your initial application will review your disability claim, along with any new evidence.
If you disagree with the DDS’ decision on your reconsideration, you can request a hearing. During your hearing, an Administrative Law Judge – or an ALJ – will question you about your disability claim. Your attorney will be present through this entire process.
- Appeals Council Review
You may request that the SSA’s Appeals Council review your claim if you’re unhappy with the results of your appeal hearing. If your request is granted, the Appeals Council will review your claim, or they will send it to an ALJ for further action.
- Court Case
Finally, if you are still unsatisfied with the decision after the Appeals Council’s review, your attorney can file a lawsuit in a Federal District Court.
Appealing your claim isn’t the only option you have if you were denied benefits. Other options may be available to you, such as filing a new social Security Disability application with new evidence or reopening your claim.
We know it’s a confusing process, and it’s our job to lead you through it. When you’re disabled, give Fields Law a call to find out how we can help you get the disability benefits you need.