Understanding the Appeals Process for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits
In Maryland, nearly 9% of the residents 21-64 years old, are disabled. At Disability Support Services, we will review your case and help you file an appeal. The appeals process can be complicated and lengthy. So, it is important to you have professionals like Disability Support Services by your side to help you navigate the process.
First Steps in Appeals Process
If you were recently denied for Social Security benefits, you have the right to appeal. An appeal means that Social Security has to take a brand new look at your case, and any additional medical evidence that you submit. The easiest way to file an appeal is directly on the SSA website. There you can file online and turn in any other documents needed. By doing this, you do not have to send anything through the mail as it is entirely electronic.
If you are unable to file online you may also file an appeal at your local office or by mail. If you file an appeal by mail make sure to send it by a form of mail where you can track your appeal so you have proof of when it was filed.
What Are the Additional Steps?
There are four steps, or levels, in the appeals process. Please note, you only have 60 days to file an appeal from the date of the denial letter.
- Reconsideration: The first appeal that you will file once you received an initial denial. Social Security will review your case again, along with any additional documentation you’ve provided an issue a new decision. If you are denied at this level you may then file a request for a hearing.
- Hearing: A judge conducts the hearing. The judge will ask questions and may ask for additional evidence. The judge may also ask for witnesses at the hearing, such as medical professionals or vocational expert. You will also have the opportunity to question the witnesses. Our experienced team at Disability Support Services can help. We help to make sure the judge gets all the necessary evidence to support your case and represent you at the hearing. We know and understand SSA law and apply it to your case to obtain the best result possible.
- Appeals Council: If you disagree with the decision at the hearing, you can ask for a review by the Appeals Council.
- Federal Court: If you do not agree with the Appeals Council’s determination, you can file an appeal in the District Court of Maryland.
Can I Get Help?
Yes! Why struggle through the process alone Disability Support Services is here to help. Our Appeals Unit will look at your original determination and file the necessary appeals with the Social Security Administration. Contact us today at (410) 244-0006 for a free consultation. Also, learn more about frequently asked questions on our blog.