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What To Know About The SSDI Steps

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is exceedingly complicated. The many steps involved in obtaining benefits can feel overwhelming enough to make you give up. However, if you understand the process and have a knowledgeable lawyer on your side, you stand a strong chance of getting the benefits you need.

I am Meryl Anne Spat. Clients throughout Connecticut turn to me at Law Office of Meryl Anne Spat to guide them through the SSDI process. Even if your initial claim was denied, you have a chance to appeal. To prepare yourself, read more about the steps of the SSDI process.

1. Initial Application

First, you apply for SSDI by completing several forms. These include the Application For Disability Insurance Benefits, an Adult History Report and some other documents. You will probably receive the decision in three to five months.

2. Reconsideration

If the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your claim, you can request that they reconsider it. This is also known as an appeal. In a reconsideration, an examiner and a medical consultant who have not seen your file will take a fresh look at your claim and issue a new decision.

3. Administrative Hearing

If the SSA issues another denial, the next step is to request an administrative hearing. This involves appearing before an administrative law judge at your nearest Office of Disability Adjudication and Review so you can present your case.

4. Appeals Council Review

Say that the judge denies your claim – again. You can make a final appeal before the Appeals Council, which will determine whether the administrative judge made a mistake when issuing the decision.

5. Federal Court

The Appeals Council does not accept every case for review. If the council refuses to review your claim, then your final option is to appeal the decision in Federal District Court.

It is crucial to have an attorney on your side during the appeals process, especially if your case goes to a federal appeal. As an SSDI attorney with more than 30 years of experience, I can greatly improve your chance of successfully appealing a denied claim. I understand how important benefits are, so I will never stop fighting for you.

Ask A Lawyer About The SSDI Process

This is a brief overview of the numerous smaller steps of the application and appeals processes. Reach out to me at my law firm to ask questions and learn more. Call 203-805-8256 or send me an email to set up an initial consultation.