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Disability appeal process

There are four types of appeal available to you. You must complete them in this order so your case is to be considered again. The first type of resource is the “review”, which is the reconsideration request form (Request for Reconsideration) and the disability report for appeal (Appeal Disability Report). You can fill the paper versions and send them by mail to your local Social Security Office or can access online forms, fill them and send them electronically.

At this level, someone in the office’s determination of incapacity of the State (State Disability Determination) will review your medical information and make a new decision (this will not be the person who made the first decision of rejection). Its decision will give you in writing. The second type of appeal is an audience. Requests a hearing request (Request for Hearing) with an administrative law judge. It also seeks to complete the disability report for appeal (Appeal Disability Report). You can fill these formats send them by mail or submitted in electronic form.

If you want to get together in person before the judge, you can request this. After meeting with you and discussing your case, the judge will make you to know in writing what is your decision. The third type of resource is the Revision of the Council of appeals (Appeals Council Review). Fill out the application for review of the Decision/order of the administrative law judge (Request for Review of Decision/Order of Administrative Law Judge)-you can find the link on

You must complete this form on paper and mail it to your local Social Security Office. Someone in the Office of adjudication and review of disability (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) will review your case and will notify you by letter of the new decision. Finally, you can go to the district courts. It is necessary to hire an attorney to file a lawsuit against the SSA. A district judge will hear your case and will write to you, letting you know your decision.

Continued benefits during the appeal

After receiving the statement of benefits that you refuse, you can send a letter requesting that your benefits continue within 10 days of receiving your letter of denial. You can continue to receive benefits, but if your appeal is rejected, you would have to pay something what you have no right.

Getting help

Social Security wants to help you file your appeal request. You can speak with a representative of the SSA, write a letter, call their numbers of toll-free at (800) 772-1213 or (800) 325-0778 (TTY line) or get in touch with your web site ( You can also hire a lawyer.

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