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The Social Security Administration (SSA) is infamous for denying initial applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you need benefits, you need to know that you always have the right to appeal a decision on your claim for any reason.

Crumley Roberts can help you through the complex appeals process. Our Social Security Disability lawyers know how to collect the necessary evidence to build strong cases for disabled workers like you.

SSD Appeals Process

If you’ve been denied benefits and wish to file an appeal, you must make a request in writing within 60 days of receiving your denial letter from the SSA. It’s important to take action as soon as possible—the appeals process is lengthy, and there are four other possible steps in the appeals process, including:

1. Reconsideration
In the reconsideration phase, someone who took no part in making a decision on your initial claim will review any new and existing evidence and make a decision on your claim.

2. Hearing
If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you may request a hearing. Before the hearing, you may be asked to provide additional evidence to support your claim. Your attorney will accompany you during the hearing, when an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will question you and any witnesses about your claim. After the hearing, the ALJ will make a decision on your claim.

3. Appeals Council
Should you disagree with the hearing decision, you may request an Appeals Council review. You may be denied this request if the Appeals Council believes the hearing decision was correct. If you are granted a review of your case, a decision will be issued by the Appeals Council.

4. Federal Court
The final phase in the appeals process is filing a lawsuit in the federal district court. You may choose to file a lawsuit if you disagree with the Appeals Council’s decision or if you are denied review by the Appeal’s Council. Your North Carolina Social Security Disability lawyer will file a lawsuit on your behalf.

At Crumley Roberts, you can count on our Charlotte Social Security Disability lawyers to stand up for your rights. We’ll fight for the benefits you’re owed. Call us today at or complete a free initial consultation form.

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