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Most people who go through the process of applying for Social Security or SSI disability will be denied the first time. The chances of getting approved for benefits go up for those who take the time to appeal. More specifically, getting a case at a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ) is where a claimant will have their best opportunity at winning disability benefits.
If your disability claim has been denied, you should get to understand how the appeals process works, because you have little chances of winning disability benefits if you don't appeal the initial denial and know the steps to take to win the appeal. Learn about Social Security and SSI appeals here.
Disability Appeals Process: Overview
First Step: Request for Reconsideration
The first step in the appeals process is the request for reconsideration. As soon as you've been denied, file this form.
At the hearing, you appear in person and can argue why you deserve a medical-vocational allowance.
Third Step: Appeals Council
You can request that the Social Security Appeals Council review the ALJ's decision.
Fourth Step: Federal District Court
If you are denied at the Appeals Council level, you can sue Social Security in federal court.
Appealing a Cessation of Disability Benefits
Helpful Do-It-Yourself Resources
If you want to arm yourself with the information necessary to win your case, we've got exactly what you'll need.
The content on this site is managed by Beth Laurence. Beth manages a group of lawyers and disability advocates that offer free information for people trying to win disability benefits through Social Security.