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How do I appeal a denied SSD claim?

The question we pose in today's blog post is one that is commonly asked across the nation because of the fact that many applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied initially. Just because a claim has been denied though does not necessarily mean that it isn't legitimate, which is why many people choose to appeal their claim rather than do nothing.

But just as complicated as the application process can be, so too can the appeals process, which is why we wanted to answer the question above by talking about how you can appeal a denied claim and what information the Social Security Administration will need in order to give your claim a fair review.

Before filing an appeal, you will want to make sure that you collect as much information as possible about your medical condition, including a description of your condition, types of treatments you are receiving, medications you are taking, tests that have been performed, and the names of doctors or hospitals you have visited and when.

Next step is the appeals process which typically has four levels of appeal. They are:

  • Reconsideration
  • Administrative law hearing
  • Appeals Council review
  • Federal court review

Although you are not required to have legal representation during the appeals process, you do have the right to an attorney and are encouraged by the SSA to exercise this right. Many people consider a lawyer helpful during the appeals process because not only do they fully understand the process and laws involved but how they apply to your specific case as well.

Sources: The Social Security Administration, "How the disability Appeals Process works," Accessed Oct. 21, 2014

The Social Security Administration, "The Appeals Process," Accessed Oct. 21, 2014

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