Social Security Appeals
The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies more initial applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits than it accepts. If a disability or medical condition is preventing you from working, you need to know that you always have the right to appeal your claims decision.
Greg Jones Law can help you through the entire SSDI appeals process. Our firm knows how to collect the necessary evidence to build strong cases for disabled workers like you.
You can count on Greg Jones Law to stand up for your rights. We’ll fight for the benefits you’re owed. Call 800-481-5707 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.
Steps of the SSDI Appeals Process
If you want to appeal an SSDI claims decision, you must make a written request within 60 days of receiving your denial letter from the SSA. It’s important to take action as soon as possible—the appeals process is lengthy and may include four steps:
In the reconsideration phase, someone who took no part in making a decision on your initial claim will review any new and existing evidence and make a decision on your claim.
If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you may request a hearing. Before the hearing, you may be asked to provide additional evidence to support your claim. Our firm will accompany you during the hearing, when an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will question you and any witnesses about your claim. After the hearing, the ALJ will make a decision on your claim.
- Appeals Council
Should you disagree with the hearing decision, you may request an Appeals Council review. You may be denied this request if the Appeals Council believes the hearing decision was correct. If you are granted a review of your case, a decision will be issued by the Appeals Council.
- Federal Court
The final phase in the appeals process is filing a lawsuit in the federal district court. You may choose to file a lawsuit if you disagree with the Appeals Council’s decision or if you are denied review by the Appeal’s Council. Your Social Security Disability lawyer will file a lawsuit on your behalf.