November 21, 2018

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY APPEALS- AN INTRODUCTION

You filed all the proper paper work and waited months to start receiving your social security disability, only to have the Social Security Administration deny your claim.  Fortunately, you have the right to appeal any decision Social Security makes regarding your SSD or SSI.

THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY APPEAL PROCESS

The first step in the appeals process is called a ‘reconsideration determination’. You will receive a new decision by someone who had no part in the first decision. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will send you a letter explaining how they made the decision. It is very difficult to get SSA to change their minds in a reconsideration request unless there is substantial medical information that was not received or considered during the initial determination.

If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you have the right to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). [Read more…]