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Understanding the appeals process after a denied SSD claim

Applying for Social Security disability benefits is often a necessary step for New York residents to take. For many, an injury or illness is the cause of a disability, and this situation has caused them to suffer in the long-term. Those living with disabilities are afforded legal benefits. One of these is access to SSD benefits. However, an individual must qualify for these benefits.

Unfortunately, many applicants who feel that they meet the set requirements have their applications denied. A denied claim does not mean that it is the end of the road for the applicant. An applicant can initiate the appeals process by filing for reconsideration. This means that a new person will look at your claim and will send a letter explaining how they made their decision once it is made.

If an applicant does not receive a favorable decision after seeking reconsideration, the next step is to request a hearing before an Administrative Law judge. If this process does not result in a favorable decision, an applicant can file a request with the Appeals Council.

When entering the appeals process, it is paramount that applicants are familiar with the process and are well prepared for every phase. If an applicant requests a hearing, he or she should expect to have additional evidence, witnesses and experts available to help their claim. Keeping organized and being prepared helps expedite a process that is unfortunately rather lengthy.

It is often difficult getting denied something you deem necessary; however, when it comes to SSD benefits, denied claims is not yet a firm no. Therefore, applicants should take the time to become well informed about the process and what options they have. This will ensure their rights are protects and interests are best served.

Source: Ssa.gov, "What You Need to Know to Request a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge," accessed April 1, 2017

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