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Reconsideration Denied

The Social Security disability benefits application process has four levels of appeals. If your initial application is denied, you can appeal at the first level, referred to as a Request for Reconsideration. If your Social Security request for reconsideration is denied, you can move onto the second level of appeals, which is to request a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ).

Hearings with Administrative Law Judges

Social Security disability benefit hearings are conducted by the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The ODAR, one of the largest administrative adjudication systems in the world, is responsible for holding the hearing, reviewing appeals and issuing decisions for disability benefits.

The case will be heard by an ALJ who had no part of the decision for your initial application or during your request for reconsideration. Hearings are normally conducted within 75 miles of your residence and provide you with an opportunity to bring additional evidence for the ALJ to consider when determining whether or not to approve your application.

If you haven’t already retained a lawyer, you definitely will want a disability law attorney to represent you at the hearing. Your attorney can help compile convincing evidence to show the ALJ and cross-examine any medical experts the ODAR brings in to ask questions about your condition.

At the hearing’s closure, the ALJ will make a determination about your benefits. You will receive a letter in the mail from the SSA explaining the judge’s decision.

How to Request a Disability Hearing

If your reconsideration was denied, you’ll need to request a hearing formally with the SSA. There are three ways to do this.

  • Online at the SSA’s website
  • Mailing the forms below to the SSA
  • Writing the SSA a letter asking it to assist in completing your request

The forms you need in order to request a hearing include: Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge, Form HA-501; SSA-3441, Disability Report – Appeal; and SSA-827, Authorization to Disclose Information to SSA. If you are going to have a lawyer represent you, you’ll also need to fill out SSA-1696, Appointment of Representative.

Time to File Is Limited!

You have only 60 days from the time you received notice that your reconsideration was denied in which to request a hearing. It’s vitally important to get on the ball so you don’t lose your rights to benefits.

Our disability firm in Winston-Salem is devoted to helping disabled Americans get the Social Security benefits they need. We can help appeal your case and help you pursue the disability benefits to which you’re entitled. Call Chad Brown Law today at (800) 556-9115 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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