So much work and time went into building your claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, which makes it discouraging when your claim gets denied. Even more time and documentation goes into a request for reconsideration of your claim.
What happens if your reconsideration is denied as well? Fortunately, it is not the end of the road for your application. Here’s what happens after the denial of your reconsideration, and how you can be best prepared for what follows.
Request a Hearing
The next step in the claim determination process is a a disability hearing. The request must happen within 60 days of receiving your reconsideration denial to be valid. If you fail to request a hearing within that time, you must start the whole application process again for benefit consideration.
A New Perspective
An administrative law judge conducts the disability hearing. No longer controlled by SSDI claims officials, your case will be examined and considered by the judge, who will decide to accept or deny your claim.
Here are some tips that can facilitate a successful hearing process:
- Look through your claim package and evidence, making sure it’s complete and organized.
- Make sure to update medical information if necessary.
- Send your evidence package to the judge hearing your case as soon as possible before your hearing.
- Be ready for questions from the judge about your claim information and evidence.
- Make sure to arrive at your hearing on time.
Appeals Council Review And Federal Court
You have the right to have your claim for SSD or SSI reconsidered at several levels. If you’re not satisfied with the hearing judge’s decision, you can take your case to an appeals council review. If you disagree with the review, you can take your case to Federal court.
It may be advisable in your situation to obtain representation for your case. Experienced legal counsel can break through all of the complexity of appealing a claim and pave the way for a favorable decision in your case.