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What do I do when a disability benefits claim is denied?

There are important resources available to disabled individuals if their claim for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits has been denied. Many Social Security disability claims are initially denied so disabled individuals should understand the appeals process and options they have available to them when they need to appeal a denial of the benefits they need.

The Social Security disability appeals process includes several different steps. The first step in the process where it is available is a request for reconsideration. A request for reconsideration is a completely new review of the claim for disability benefits by a new reviewer. If the claim for benefits remains denied following a request for reconsideration, the next step in the process is a hearing before an administrative law judge. It is essential for disabled individuals to be prepared for their hearing and know what to expect.

The next step in the appeals process if the disabled individual still has not received an approval for SSD insurance benefits is a request that the Social Security Administration Appeals Council review the claim. The final step for relief if the claim remains denied is an appeal to the federal courts. It is imperative throughout the process for the disabled individual to maintain complete and organized medical records which they will need during the process and during each phase of the appeals process.

If a disabled individual receives a denial of benefits, they should not allow that to discourage them from seeking the benefits that they need. In that situation, disabled individuals and their families should be familiar with the important SSD appeals resources available to them to help them obtain the benefits they need.

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