Steps To Take After a Social Security Disability Denial

If you’ve paid into the Social Security system for years and apply for disability benefits, you may receive a Social Security Disability denial after months or years of waiting for your claim to be processed.

As frustrating as this sounds, this is a reality that many disabled Americans face on a daily basis. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that they reject more than 60 percent of initial claims.

Luckily, you can always appeal a denied claim. There are four different levels of the appeals process:

  1. Reconsideration– Once you submit your appeal within 60 days of the initial decision being issued, the SSA will again examine your case.
  2. Hearing– If your claim is denied again, you can take your case before an administrative judge for a review of the decision.
  3. Appeals Council Review– If the judge upholds the original decision; your claim can be taken before a council of claim examiners to be looked at again.
  4. Federal Court– Having your case heard at this level is the final step for an appeal.

While these steps may seem rather straightforward, the appeals process can get complex. That’s why it may be beneficial to hire a legal representative to assist you with your case.

At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our team of Little Rock personal injury lawyers can answer any legal questions you may have, and we’ll provide you with a free case consultation. If your Social Security Disability claim has been denied in the past, give us a call at (800) 767-4815 to speak with a member of our legal team.

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