I Was Denied Benefits. What Are My Options?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) works hard to ensure that their decisions are correct. Unfortunately, this often means that individuals who strongly feel they deserve benefits are denied at the initial application stage. Fortunately, the SSA has developed a process of appeals by which disabled individuals can pursue benefits even after being initially denied.
At Alan E. DeWoskin, P.C., we have extensive experience guiding clients through the SSD appeals process. With an office in St. Louis, our lawyer is prepared to represent clients in communities throughout Missouri. We encourage you to contact an attorney to learn more about your situation and how you can fight to recover SSD benefits.
What Are The Different Stages?
There are four stages to the appeals process:
- Reconsideration: A request for reconsideration is just that — asking the SSA to review your claim. Before the request is sent, however, your attorney will carefully review all documentation and ensure that paperwork has been properly completed and as much supporting evidence as possible is included.
- Hearing: If your claim is denied after reconsideration, you can ask for a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). The ALJ will question you and any witnesses you bring as well as medical or vocational experts who may disagree with your claim.
- Appeals council: Much like the request for reconsideration, you can ask the Appeals Council to review the evidence and the ALJ’s decision. At this stage, three things can happen: the council might deny the review, the council might make a decision on their own, the council might send your case back to the ALJ for further consideration.
- Federal court: The final option for those who were denied benefits is to file a lawsuit in a federal district court. This process can be complex, and an experienced attorney is crucial.
If you have questions or concerns about the SSD appeals process, we encourage you to contact the law office of Alan E. DeWoskin, P.C., today to speak with our experienced attorney. Our office can be reached by phone or by completing our online contact form.