SSD | Jun 27, 2023 | 0
Appeals Process for Denied SSD and SSI Claims
If your Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim in Los Angeles has been denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. The appeals process provides an opportunity to present additional evidence and arguments to support your claim. Let’s explore the steps involved in the appeals process for denied SSD and SSI claims.
Step 1: Request for Reconsideration
The first step in the appeals process is to request a reconsideration of your denied claim. You must submit a written request for reconsideration to the Social Security Administration (SSA) within 60 days of receiving the denial letter. The SSA will review your case again, including any new evidence or information you provide.
Step 2: Administrative Law Judge Hearing
If your claim is denied upon reconsideration, you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). You must submit a written request for a hearing within 60 days of receiving the reconsideration denial. The ALJ hearing provides an opportunity to present your case, including any new evidence, and explain why you believe you are eligible for SSD or SSI benefits. The hearing is typically conducted in person, but it can also be held via videoconference or by phone.
Step 3: Appeals Council Review
If you disagree with the ALJ’s decision, you can request a review by the Appeals Council. You must submit a written request for review within 60 days of receiving the ALJ’s decision. The Appeals Council will review your case and determine whether the ALJ’s decision was correct. They may approve your claim, deny it, or return it to the ALJ for further review.
Step 4: Federal Court Review
If the Appeals Council denies your request for review or if you disagree with their decision, you have the option to file a lawsuit in federal district court. You must initiate the lawsuit within 60 days of receiving the Appeals Council’s decision. A federal judge will review your case and make a determination based on the evidence and arguments presented.
During the appeals process, it is important to gather additional evidence, such as updated medical records or statements from healthcare providers, to strengthen your claim. It is also advisable to consult with a qualified attorney or disability advocate who can guide you through the process, help gather necessary evidence, and represent you at hearings or in court if needed.
The appeals process for denied SSD and SSI claims in Los Angeles provides applicants with the opportunity to present additional evidence and arguments to support their eligibility for benefits. By following the steps of the appeals process and providing strong supporting evidence, you can increase your chances of a successful appeal. Consulting with an attorney or disability advocate can provide valuable guidance and assistance throughout the appeals process.