What happens if I am denied Social Security disability benefits at a hearing?
If you are denied Social Security disability (SSD, also known as Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI) benefits at a hearing, here are a few options:
- You can request the Appeals Council to review of the hearing decision.
- You can appoint a lawyer to represent your case, if you have not already done so. A lawyer that specializes in SSD cases is your best chance for getting benefits approved.
- If your condition has worsened and you have new medical documents that are dated on or before your administrative hearing, you can present this evidence to the Appeals Council.
- However, if the new evidence you want to provide is dated after the administrative hearing the Appeals Council Review may not allow this new evidence to be taken into consideration. Your lawyer would be the best person to advise you what to do at this stage.
After being denied benefits at a hearing, you still have three more stages to go to appeal a disability denial. A social security disability lawyer is recommended right at the initial stage of the appeal. It is extremely helpful and to your advantage to have a lawyer who knows exactly how to appeal a disability denial. Statistics show that a lawyer can greatly increase you chance for approval of SSD benefits.
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