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What is the Social Security disability appeals process?

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Getting Social Security disability payments is notorious for being difficult. The process can sometimes be quite long. The Social Security Administration has strict rules and guidelines for disability payments. However, if you are denied, you do have the right to appeal. The appeals process, much like the application process, can be lengthy.

To begin with, you file an appeal with the SSA within 60 days of receiving notice your application has been denied.  When you get your notice, the directions for how to appeal with be included. Upon this first appeal, your application goes through reconsideration where the SSA looks over the information again and makes a new determination. You may get denied again. 

At this point, you can request a hearing which will allow you to go before a judge to plead your case and provide your evidence as to why you should qualify for SSDI. The judge at this hearing will make a ruling. Again, you could be denied, but you have additional appeals options. You can go in front of the appeals council next. The final step is going to federal court. The federal court has the final say in all matters. 

At each step in the appeal process, you need to make sure to meet deadlines. If you do not comply with the deadlines, you could be denied the right to appeal. You can also get assistance from the SSA throughout the appeals process if you need it. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.


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