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What is the SSD benefits appeals process?

Living with a disability, whether newly acquired or not, can be challenging. In fact, some individuals in Ohio find that a disabling condition can get worse over time, making it harder to do daily tasks, such as getting dressed, making meals, cleaning up and even working. When a disability prevents one from living a normal life and making a livable income, this can create financial hardships. In these cases, it may be necessary to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

Although many are aware of the ability to seek and recover disability benefits, many are also aware that a good portion of applicants are initially denied these necessary benefits. This fact alone can often deter many from even applying. However, this should not be the case, as it is possible to file an appeal to obtain the appropriate amount of benefits.

What is the SSD appeals process? In simple terms, there are four levels of appeal. The first is reconsideration, and as the name implies, it is a complete review of the application by someone who did not take part of the initial decision. New evidence is also supplied during this phase. If this level of the appeals process does not have a favorable result, the next step is to have a hearing by an administrative law judge. During the hearing, an applicant along with any witnesses can be questioned.

The third level of the appeals process is a review by the appeals council. If they decide to hear your case, they will either make a decision or send it back down to the administrative law judge for further review. The final level of the appeals process is federal court. This is available when one does not agree with the appeals council's decision or if the appeals council decided to not hear their case.

While the appeals process may seem lengthy and complex, it is designed to help those seeking SSD benefits prove that they are eligible. An application may be incomplete or lacking sufficient evidence. In these matters, it is important to ensure that everything necessary is provided.

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