Applicants for Social Security disability benefits that have been denied disability benefits may wonder what they can do. It is important for them to know the next steps that may be available to them and understand the Social Security disability appeals process that may be able to help. So what is the Social Security disability appeals process?
Request for reconsideration
A request for reconsideration is the first step in the appeals process when appealing a denied claim for Social Security disability benefits. The request for reconsideration involves a new reviewer that did not review the original application reevaluating the application for benefits. The reevaluation process reviews any information initially included in the application and any new information the applicant wishes to provide as well.
If the request for reconsideration is unsuccessful, the applicant can request a hearing before an administrative law judge. The applicant may be questioned, along with witnesses, during the hearing process by the administrative law judge. Expert testimony may also be offered.
Appeals Council review
If the administrative law judge denies the application following the hearing, the applicant for disability can request that the Social Security Administration Appeals Council reviews the decision.
Appeal to federal court
If the SSA Appeals Council also denies the claim for disability, the applicant can appeal the denial to the federal courts.
Social Security disability benefits are important to many disabled individuals who are suffering with a disabling medical condition and are unable to work as a result. That makes it equally important for them to understand the appeals process and that several options to appeal are available as part of the appeals process because of the importance of the benefits sought.