Following a denial, the claimant can request reconsideration for a medical or non-medical determination. It is a process in which a disability determination specialist that had no part in the initial decision independently reviews the claim.
If the application is denied after reconsideration, the next level of appeal is a hearing before an administrative law judge. Hearings can be in-person or via video conferencing and give the claimant the chance to explain their circumstances to a judge. If this attempt fails and the claimant seeks another level of appeal, they can request an Appeals Council review the case.
The Appeals Council will choose whether to review a case. They may deny, approve or return the claim to the administrative law judge level for further review. The final appeal level requires the claimant to file a civil claim for a federal court review.
At Social Security Disability Attorney, P.L.L.C., we offer a free consultation. Our law firm will give you an honest assessment of your claim. We are not paid unless you win an award for benefits. Contact us today for quality legal advocacy at 888-750-9110.