What You Should Know About the SSD Appeals Process

June 9, 2015
Dayes Law Firm

If you have applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and your claim was denied, you may feel defeated and upset and may question if appealing your claim is even worth it.

But you should know that it is always a good idea to appeal a denial. Denied claims are actually more common than you may think, with a majority of claims often being denied after the first application.

If you are unsure about the next steps to take after your application has been denied, contact the experienced disability lawyers in Phoenix, to discuss your legal options. We will walk with you through the appeals process and will help you get the support you need.

Call 1-800-503-2000 today for a free consultation.

If your claim has been denied, here are six important facts you should know about the SSD appeals process.

  1. There are four levels of a Social Security disability appeal: reconsideration, hearing, Appeals Council review and Federal Court. An experienced attorney can guide you through all of these levels and ensure that you are prepared at every turn.
  2. Your SSD denial notice that you receive in the mail will tell you how to appeal the denial if you are unhappy with the decision.
  3. All appeals must be submitted in writing. A lawyer can provide direction and guidance on how to do this.
  4. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you have the option to attend your hearing through video rather than in person.  This could save you travel time and allow for a hearing in a more comfortable location. The SSA will let you know if a video hearing is available in your area.
  5. The judge will question you during your hearing. Therefore, having an attorney present who has prepared you for this step, will ensure that you are well-prepared to answer the questions in a way that will benefit your case.
  6. You have 60 days from the date you receive your denial letter to appeal your case. Once the 60 days are up, you lose the right to appeal.

Knowing what to expect when you appeal a SSD benefits denial can significantly help you prepare for the process. And having an attorney at your side to walk with you through the process will only further your chances for a successful appeal.

If you or a loved one has been denied SSD benefits, contact Dayes Law Firm PC for a free consultation.

Call 1-800-503-2000 or complete the Free Case Evaluation form.