NY Disability Claims: 4 Steps of the Disability Appeals Process
Frank J. Dito, Jr.
If you have filed a disability claim for Social Security disability benefits and received a letter of denial, you still have options at your disposal to successfully win your disability benefits.
When appealing a denied disability claim, your best resource is an experienced New York disability appeals attorney who can help you prepare your evidence and arguments for the disability appeals process.
Your first step is to let the Social Security Administration (SSA) know that you are appealing your disability denial within 60 days of receiving your denial letter. This will result in a "reconsideration" of your claim by SSA workers who were not involved in your previous denial decision. Your attorney can help you gather the necessary evidence and paperwork to present for your reconsideration.
If your reconsideration does not result in approval for disability benefits, the next step is a hearing with an administrative law judge. During this appeals hearing you can testify, present witnesses, and even call medical experts to the stand to speak in your defense. Your New York disability appeals attorney will be a major asset during this process.
If your disability claim is denied at the administrative law hearing, you may still be able to fight for compensation by requesting a hearing in the Social Security Administration's appeals court. If that too results in a denial, you and your attorney may be able to file a lawsuit in Federal court.
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