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Appealing an Unfavorable Decision

April 22, 2020

Believe it or not, the Social Security Administration's Appeals operations is one of the largest official administrative legal court systems in the world. The world. Over 500,000 hearings and appeals are decided each year. Knowing that the Agency has this many dispositions to make, they have made a firm commitment to reduce the backlog of cases by the year 2021. It is the hope that these improvements will assist in better timely response to those seeking benefits.

If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you should appeal. You have 60 days after you receive your letter of notice of decision to make application online for an appeal.

There are four stages of appeal:

  • Reconsideration,

  • Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge,

  • Appeals Council review, and

  • Appeal before the Federal Court

Your letter notifying you of the Agency's determination will tell you what level of the process you should choose.

This blog is intended for information purposes only and does not establish legal representation or financial guidance.