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What can I expect during a Social Security appeal?

The reality of the Social Security Disability process is that approximately two thirds of initial applications are rejected. While in many cases this is because one's condition does not qualify for disability, but in many cases, a legit claim could be made for the condition.

Perhaps the paperwork was not properly completed. Perhaps one failed to prove that the condition was valid and qualified. No matter the reason, thankfully there are a few steps that one could take as part of the appeals process if one's claim is denied. Here is the process, which should be taken one step at a time.

Your first step in the appeals process is reconsideration. If that fails, you may seek to have a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. If that also fails, you may then seek a review by a Social Security Administration Appeals Council. Lastly, you can file a claim in federal court.

The appeals process can be tricky and in many cases your chances will vastly improve if you are under the guidance of a legal professional. It may seem overwhelming, especially to someone who has already applied and been denied. Add to it that a victim is suffering from a debilitating condition such as an illness, injury or mental condition that is already preventing them from maintaining gainful employment, and it could seem like a daunting uphill battle. If you think you may need assistance with your Social Security Disability Insurance claim, it might be in your best interest to reach out to a law firm for assistance. It can make all the difference in the world.

Source:, "Basics of Social Security Disabilities Appeals," Accessed June 19, 2017

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