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Social Security Disability Appeals Process

We believe that getting Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for your disability should be easy. After all, you’ve paid into the system your entire career and never taken a cent from the coffers. Now that you’re injured and unable to work, you should be able to draw from the benefits you’ve provided to others for years. However, more than two-thirds of all initial applications are denied, leaving many wondering how they’ll make ends meet. Thankfully, there’s an appeal process, and with a lawyer, you stand a good chance of securing benefits.

Here’s the basic process for the SSD appeal process:

  • Reconsideration—You must request reconsideration in writing within 60 days of the date you received your denial notice.
  • Administrative Law Judge Hearing—If your initial reconsideration request is denied, the next step is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). You may be required to have additional medical exams or tests at this stage.
  • Appeals Council Review—If you don’t secure benefits at the ALJ level, your next course of action is to request an Appeals Council review. The Appeals Council will grant your request for review and decide the case itself, grant your request for review and send it back to the ALJ to decide, or deny your request altogether.
  • Federal Court—Finally, you can file a civil action with the U.S. District Court in your area. To have a chance at securing benefits at this stage, you need an attorney on your side to present the best case possible.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, give us a call for a free consultation. We’ve helped people throughout Arkansas get the benefits they deserve, and we’re ready to help you too.

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