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How to file a Social Security claim appeal

Were you denied disability benefits by the Social Security Administration? If this is the case, you don’t have to take no for an answer. You should be aware that you have the right to file an appeal. There are a number of steps that you will need to take in order to initiate the process.

How do you begin the process?

The SSA will notify you in writing as to whether they intend to approve or deny you. This will take place after your application is filed. If you disagree with the decision, you have 60 days to file an appeal.

Denials for disability claims can be appealed through an official process. This begins when you file your written request for reconsideration. This will result in you being sent paperwork that you need to fill out and mail back.

Where does the process end up?

If you receive a claim denial, you can make an appeal via paperwork as outlined above. You will need to include your reasons as to why your denial should be reconsidered.

Depending on the outcome, your appeal may lead to a hearing before an administrative law judge. It can also be heard before an Appeals Council review. You may represent yourself or hire the services of a legal professional whose area is disability benefits.

You can file for a hearing before the official SSA Court of Appeal. They can choose to hear the case or abide by the previous ruling. If the result is not to your liking, you have the right to file a lawsuit in federal court. The decision reached by this court will usually be binding.

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