If you have applied for Social Security benefits and were denied, you have a right to appeal the decision. Appeals are required in writing within 60 days after you receive a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that your initial request was denied. Having an experienced attorney assisting you with the appeals process can greatly increase your chances of success.
Generally, there are four levels of appeal, including:
- Reconsideration - A reconsideration is a complete review of your claim by someone who was not involved in the first decision. That person will review all evidence used to make the original decision, as well as any new evidence that exists.
- Hearing - A hearing will be conducted by an administrative law judge who was not involved in the original decision or the reconsideration of your case. You will be asked to provide evidence, clarify information and bring any witnesses that would be helpful to your case.
- Review by the Appeals Court - If you disagree with the decision made by the administrative law judge, you can request a review by Social Security's Appeals Council who will either decide your case or issue an order returning your case to an administrative law judge.
- Federal Court review - You may file a lawsuit in a federal district court if you disagree with the decision made by the Appeals Court.
Columbus, Georgia, Disability Claims Lawyer
At Stiller Disability Law, we have been handling Social Security Disability cases for over 30 years. We can help to research the original case to find errors, write a letter brief, explaining why the original decision wasn't fair, prepare for the hearing, obtain information from sources and speed up the entire appeals process. To speak with a disability law attorney, contact us today at 334-239-0065.