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What are the 4 steps to the disability benefits appeals process?

Everyone goes into the Social Security Disability Insurance application process with high hopes, and understandably so. These benefits are so helpful and so crucial that it is hard to fully describe. The benefits are truly life changing for many. So you can imagine the disappointment when someone who applies for SSDI benefits is denied those crucial benefits.

But that disappointment doesn't necessarily need to be the end of the road for a person living with disabilities and in need of SSDI benefits. In fact, there is a robust set of appeals that such an individual could make.

The first step to appealing the decision in your case is to request reconsideration. This appeal is exactly as it sounds: the Social Security Administration will simply review your case again under the same standards. The only difference is that the individual reviewing your case under reconsideration will be different than the individual who reviewed your case originally.

If reconsideration doesn't work, your next appeal is a hearing with an administrative law judge. In this appeal, your case is presented in a similar fashion to a courtroom proceeding. You will be questioned by the judge, as will any witnesses or medical experts you bring to your hearing.

If the judge in your ALJ hearing doesn't grant you SSDI benefits, you can push your case to the Appeals Council of the Social Security Administration. Every case that makes it to the Appeals Council will be heard, but that doesn't mean the council will agree with you. In fact, if they disagree, they will simply send it back to an ALJ hearing.

If all of these appeals fail, you can always file a civil lawsuit for your benefits.

No matter what step of the appeals process you are on, it is wise to heed any requests, questions or communication you receive from the Social Security Administration. Having an attorney during the appeals process is advised, as your lawyer can help you understand the complexities of the appeals process.

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