What Levels of Appeal Are There for Social Security Disability Claims?

If you’ve been disabled, getting access to the benefits you’ve paid for during your entire working life can be difficult. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration denies most initial claims for benefits, and waiting for appeals can take months or even years.

The Connecticut Social Security Disability Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm have plenty of experience with the appeals process and can help you fight for your benefits. If the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes a decision on your claim for disability benefits that you don’t agree with, you have the right to appeal the decision. You will receive a letter from the SSA explaining their decision. You then have 60 days to file an appeal.

There are four levels within the appeals process…

  • Reconsideration - At this stage, someone who had no part in the SSA’s first decision on your claim will review the original evidence, along with any new evidence you and your attorney present.
  • Hearing - If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you may ask for a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The judge will question you, your attorney, and any witnesses to your claim.
  • Appeals Council Review - If you disagree with the hearing decision, you may ask for a review by the SSA’s Appeals Council. This review may not be granted by the council at all, but if it is granted, the Appeals Council will make a decision on your claim, or send it to another ALJ for further review.
  • Federal Court Case - If the Appeals Council refuses to review your appeal at all, or if you disagree with their decision, your attorney may file a lawsuit on your behalf in Federal District Court.

The appeals process is both time-consuming and complex. You should feel confident that you have someone looking out for your best interests. Connecticut Social Security Disability Lawyers at Carter Mario Law Firm are ready to help you with your schedule. Call us anytime, and we’ll get started with you on the appeals process.