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Can I appeal my SSDI denial?

There’s no worse feeling than getting your application rejected. But for you and others looking to get on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), this is all too common. Out of all the people who apply, only 30% qualify for benefits. However, that doesn’t mean your case isn’t valid. In fact, you can even appeal your disability denial.

If you wish to do so, you must state your appeals request in writing and submit it within 60 days. However, going through the motions often takes much time and effort.

Understanding each step in the appeals process

If you’re looking to go through the SSDI appeals process, these are some of the stages you may have to endure:

  • Reconsideration: In the first wave of the appeals process, a Social Security Administration (SSA) agent that didn’t work on your case may look at it. They may also take any new evidence you give them into consideration.
  • Administrative hearing: If you don’t agree with the second agent’s findings during the reconsideration process, you can take your rejected disability claim to an administrative hearing. In this stage, judges usually question both you and your witnesses. Depending on the circumstances, they often base their ruling on the quality of your testimony.
  • Review by an appeals council: This is the third step you can take if you don’t agree with the administrative judge’s decision. However, an appeals council will typically evaluate all of your previous requests. If they agree with both the judge and the SSA agent, they may not pursue your case. If they do, they may choose to evaluate the case themselves or send it to another administrative law judge.

Your fight for benefits doesn’t have to end

Getting the support you and your family deserve can feel like a long and treacherous battle. If you’ve done everything in your power to get on SSDI but still face rejection, you can take your case to court.