Social Security Disability Appeals Process

One of the more arduous aspects of receiving Social Security disability benefits is enduring the appeals process. If your initial application is denied, as many are, your only course of action is an appeal. Although not ideal, this is where the majority of disability cases end up. You can make this process easier by hiring a Social Security disability lawyer from Parmele Law in Kansas City to assist you. Let’s take a look at the different levels of the appeals process.

Streamlined Appeals Process

Missouri is one of several states that uses a more streamlined appeals process. Typically, after the initial claim is denied, it goes through a stage called reconsideration before being sent to an administrative law judge. In Missouri, the reconsideration stage is skipped. After your initial claim is denied, you’ll have 60 days to request your hearing from the administrative law judge.

Hearing with an ALJ

Once you’ve scheduled your hearing, you’ll want to gather any additional evidence to help make your case. You also may be asked by the administrative law judge to undergo some additional medical exams. This is an extremely beneficial time to have representation by your side, as they know what is needed to win an appeal. When it comes time for your hearing, you and your Social Security disability attorney will appear before the judge. The hearing is informal, but you and any witnesses there may need to answer some questions. After the hearing, the decision will be sent to you.

Appeals Council

If your Social Security disability appeal is denied, the next step is the Appeals Council. Again, you’ll have 60 days after the ALJ hearing decision to submit your request. If your request for review is approved, your case will be decided there or sent back to the ALJ for further review.

Federal Court

If your request for review is dismissed, or if an unfavorable decision is made, your last option is taking the case to Federal Court. This request should be filed within 60 days of the decision from the Appeals Council. The U.S. District Court in your area will make the final decision as to whether you should be granted Social Security disability benefits. This is the end of the road for the appeals process if you’re denied.

Contact a Social Security Disability Expert in Kansas City

Whether you are submitting your initial claim for Social Security disability benefits or you’re at a stage of the appeals process, you can stand to benefit from an attorney’s help. Parmele Law Firm in Kansas City has helped many citizens get approved for their disability claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.