Appealing A Decision
If you have previously been denied a claim by the Social Security Administration, we can help you with the appeals process. There is a four-step process the government uses during the appeal. Each step must be completed in order, and we will help you each step of the way.
- Reconsideration - upon sending the form, your case is sent to the State Disability Determination Services office. There, someone other than the initial reviewer will look at your medical records and make a new determination about your disability.
- Hearing - if the reconsideration is denied, the next step is for us to send a request to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. At this point, you may meet face-to-face with the judge. After a meeting, the judge will notify you in writing of the decision about your case.
- Appeals Council Review - the third step is similar to the hearing. Your request will again be sent to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Someone there will again review your medical records and notify you in writing of the decision on your case.
- District Court Case - at this level of appeal, you are required to have an attorney. Your case must be filed against Social Security in a District Court. From there, your case will be heard by a district court judge, who will notify you in writing of the decision on your case.