How to Appeal an SSD Claim Denial
Work with a Knowledgeable Oklahoma SSD Appeals Attorney
Unfortunately, many Social Security disability claims are denied. This often occurs as a result of errors made during the application process or because the Social Security Administration (SSA) has decided your condition/disability does not meet its strict requirements.
If your SSD claim was denied, don’t give up!
At Todd Disability Law, we represent clients in appealing denied SSD claims throughout Oklahoma. Our founding attorney, Aimee Todd, spent nearly a decade working closely with judges and the Appeals Council in complex district court cases. She can help you appeal your denied SSD claim and work to recover your rightful benefits. You only have 60 days from the date you received notice of the denial to request an appeal, so it is important that you act quickly. If this 60 day deadline just recently passed, contact us and see if we can still help.
SSD Appeal Levels
There are four levels, or stages, of appealing a denied SSD claim. These levels include:
- Reconsideration: If you request a reconsideration, a non-involved party will conduct a thorough review of your application. This is typically an appropriate first step when an SSD claim is denied for medical reasons, though you may request a reconsideration if your claim was denied on non-medical grounds.
- Administrative Law Judge Hearing: If you requested a reconsideration but your SSD claim was still denied, you may move forward in requesting a hearing with an administrative law judge. The administrative law judge will be someone who had no involvement in your original SSD claim denial or reconsideration.
- Appeals Council Review: If you are not happy with the outcome of your administrative law judge hearing, you may request a review by the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council does not accept all requests for review but, if it does, it may either return to the administrative law judge who conducted your hearing or make a decision on your case itself.
- Federal Court Review: The final step in the denied SSD appeals process is filing a civil lawsuit at the federal level. You may wish to pursue this step if the Appeals Council does not accept your request for review or if it finds the original ruling of the administrative law judge to be lawful and you disagree.
Appealing a denied SSD claim is a complex—and often lengthy—process. It is critical that you work with an attorney who has extensive experience in this particular area of law.
Contact Todd Law Today
Our Oklahoma SSD appeals lawyer offers compassionate and personalized legal guidance. She understands the challenges you are facing—and she knows how to win. Ms. Todd has experience in all aspects of SSD appeals at all levels. Whether you need help beginning the appeals process or have been unsuccessful in your attempts to appeal your claim denial on your own, our firm is ready to help.
“I feel very confident that I am well represented by Ms. Todd.”- Janice G.
“I will absolutely recommend Ms. Todd to anyone.”- Amy S.
“Aimee fought for me after my denial and got me the medical care I need.”- Kristin F.
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