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The appeal process for Social Security Disability

Because many Social Security disability applications are initially denied, it is important for disabled individuals seeking benefits to know that they can appeal a denial of benefits. There is a process provided to appeal a denial of Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) claim that has several phases to it that disabled individuals should be familiar with.

SSDI claims are based on disability and work history. The disability requirement that must be met provides that the disabled individual suffers from a medical condition that is severe enough that it prevents them from working and is expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death. In addition, disabled individuals must also meet work history requirements to be eligible for SSDI benefits so it is important for them to be familiar with what those are.

The SSDI appeals process includes several phases. The first phase is a request for reconsideration during which time a new reviewer will review the application for disability from the beginning. If the application for disability benefits is still denied, the disabled individual can request a hearing. If they do not prevail at the hearing to receive benefits, they can also request an Appeals Council Review followed by seeking relief in the federal courts. Disabled individuals should ensure they are prepared for each phase of the appeals process.

Social Security disability benefits can be vital for many disabled individuals and their families to meet their daily needs. As a result, disabled individuals should be familiar with the options available to appeal a denial of a claim for the much-needed benefits.

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