What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
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Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
How many Social Security Disability appeals do you get ?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
The social security disability claims process has three levels of appeal. If your disability claim has been denied at the initial level, also known as the application level, you may appeal your claim.
The first appeal level is known as reconsideration, or, more accurately, a request for reconsideration. Reconsiderations are sent back to the state disability-processing agency for another review of the initial decision. However very few initial disability decisions are overturned at the reconsiderations level, so, typically, you will have to appeal to the second level of appeal.
The second level in the social security disability and SSI appeal process is a hearing before an administrative law judge. When you request this appeal, you are formally completing a "request for hearing before an administrative law judge".
There are other levels of appeal, which include the Appeals Council Review, and Federal Court appeal. Most disability applicants rarely appeal beyond the administrative law judge hearing, though, and if you received a disability denial at a hearing conducted by a judge, you may wish to file a new initial claim for SSD or SSI. That is, unless your disability attorney feels it would be more practical to send an appeal to the appeals council (the appeals council reviews the decisions that are made by disability judges).
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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