Denied For Social Security? Here Is How To Appeal It

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to people who qualify for it. However, even if you think you meet all of their requirements, you may still be denied benefits. If you recently received a denial letter from the SSA, you have the right to appeal their decision. Here is more information about the appeals process.

How long do you have to file an appeal?

It is important that you stay on top of the appeal process because there is a limited time. Most states have a limit of 1-2 months from the day you receive the denial letter to when the appeal application must be received. If the letter was lost in the mail or you don't get the appeal done in time, you will have a very hard time convincing them to give you more time. As soon as you receive your letter, contact an attorney to help you with the process.

What are the different levels of appeals?

One thing you should know before you prepare the appeals paperwork is that there are different levels of how the appeal is going to be handled. The appeal may be done at only one level or all three. The levels include having a hearing in front of an administrative law judge, having it reviewed by the Appeals Council, or having it be reviewed by a federal court. Take a look at the denial notice that SSA sent you because it not only gives appeal information, but tells you what level your appeal can be heard.

How can you get help?

There are a few different places you can go to for help with your appeal. It is highly recommended that you get professional assistance because once you file the appeal, that is your last chance. It is very rare that the courts will help you if your appeal is also denied. If you hire someone to help with the appeals process, whether it is a social security attorney or someone you know with experience in this area, they are called your representative.

What is an appeals hearing?

One of the more common levels of appeals for a social security denial is a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. The judge must not have anything to do with your case so that they can remain neutral. During this hearing, the judge will ask to see paperwork showing your denial and ask you for details about your disability. You will be asked to provide solid documentation of your disability and show that you cannot work and why you need the benefits.

Filing an appeal after being denied social security benefits is not a simple process. Contact a social security attorney from a firm like Horn & Kelley, PC Attorneys at Law who has experience with similar cases.