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What is Appeal?

Definition of Appeal

Most Social Security Disability claimants are denied Social Security Disability several time before they are approved to receive either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security income benefits. The Social Security Administration has established an appeals process for appealing Social Security Disability decisions. The first appeal is reconsideration. Reconsideration allows another disability examiner who was not involved in the initial disability decision to review the SSDI or SSI claim. If the Social Security Disability application is denied a second time the claimant may request a Social Security Disability hearing. At the hearing an Administrative Law Judge will review the claim and award or deny Social Security Disability benefits. All hearing denials may be appealed to the Appeal's Council who may choose to review the case, remand it back to the Administrative Law Judge or refuse to review it. Claimants who are unsuccessful at the Appeals Council level may file a case in federal court. All appeals within the Social Security Administration appeal process must be made within 60 days of receiving the denial notice.

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