Only 30% of Social Security Disability claims are accepted upon initial application. If your claim is rejected initially, you stand a better chance of winning your claim and getting your benefits by appealing your claim rather than by filing a new application.
The following are the various stages of the Social Security Disability appeal process.
Request for Reconsideration
If your initial application is rejected, immediately file a request for reconsideration. You have only 60 days to file an appeal. If you fail to appeal on time, you may lose your appeal rights or have to start the process over again with a new Social Security Disability application.
Request for a Hearing
If your request for reconsideration is denied, you have sixty days to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in order to continue your appeal. When it is time for your hearing, your ACA Law Disability attorney will prepare you so you can tell the Judge every important fact about your case. During the hearing, your attorney will argue your case before the Judge and be at your side as you testify. Do not attend a hearing without your attorney since this can hurt your chances of having your claim approved.
If the Administrative Law Judge does not approve your claim, you may appeal the decision with the Appeals Council.
Federal District Court
Finally, if the Appeals Council denies your claim, your case can be submitted to the Federal District Court where the claim can be approved, denied, or sent back to the SSA for further review.
If you are disabled, unable to work and would like to apply for benefits, contact ACA Law today for a FREE consultation. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney will review your case, answer your questions and explain the benefits you are entitled to.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers work on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees until a financial settlement or verdict has been secured for you, so it does not cost you any money to have your case reviewed.
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