If your claim for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, you can appeal that decision. We have made many such appeals over the years. It is customary that we file such an appeal within 60 days from the date of receipt of the letter of denial from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA assumes that the denial has been received five days after the date on the letter, unless it can be proven that the letter was received later. If you have been denied for medical reasons, and Social Security believes that these reasons are not valid, an appeal can still be filed. Generally there are three levels of appeal:
- Reconsideration, which is a complete review of the claim.
- Hearing, if you do not agree with the reconsideration in front of an administrative law judge.
- Appeals Council, if you disagree with the hearing decision.
For each of these appeals, it is wise to have legal counsel.