I want to talk to you a little bit today about the social security disability appeals process. Now if you are somebody who can’t work because of medical reasons or mental health reasons and you need to file for social security benefits, you will do so by filing an initial application with the social security administration. You can do it online, over the phone, or you can do it in person at your local field office.
Now if you are denied, which a large percentage are denied at the initial application level, you can file an appeal within 60 days and that appeal will come in the form of a request for reconsideration. Now in the form for a request for reconsideration, you can put additional evidence. You can give any reasons why you believe you are disabled or if your impairments have changes or increased.
If you are denied at this level, you can still appeal within 60 days and that appeal will come in the form of a request for administrative law judge hearing. This is your opportunity to testify on your own behalf and present evidence of your inability to work because of your impairments.
If you are denied at this level, again you have 60 days to appeal and that appeal comes in the form of a request for the appeals council to review your claim.
If you are denied at this level, then you will have 60 days to appeal it to the federal district court.
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