How will you pay your mortgage or rent? Will you still be able to afford medical treatment? What should you do next?
If you were denied, it’s important that you don’t give up. You can still appeal and win disability benefits.
If the Social Security Administration (SSA) sent you a denial letter, you may feel like it’s over. And while the appeals process can be time-consuming, it isn’t over – it’s still possible to win your case on appeal.
If you were denied, you aren’t alone – most people who apply are denied by the SSA. But our attorneys want to help turn your denial into an approval.
There are four levels of appeals:
- Reconsideration: This is a review of your claim by someone who was not involved in the initial decision. Your original evidence is reviewed along with any new evidence you provide.
- Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ): These hearings take place in the Social Security Administration’s offices. At this appeals stage, you get to present your evidence before a judge who will issue a ruling. Most cases are won at this level.
- Review by Appeals Council: If the ALJ denies your case, you may ask the Appeals Council for a review. At this stage, the Appeals Council may return your case to the ALJ for a new hearing or approve your case.
- Federal Court Review: If you disagree with the Appeals Council decision, you can file a lawsuit in Federal District Court. You must have an attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in Hawaii to represent you at this level.