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Steps following a denied claim for disability benefits

When a claim for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits has been denied, it can be a serious concern for disabled individuals in Philadelphia who may badly need the benefits provided by Social Security disability insurance. SSD benefits can help disabled individuals with their daily needs, as life may be a struggle while they are facing a disability and an inability to work. It is important for disabled individuals to be aware that if their claim for SSD benefits has been denied, appeals options are available.

Following a denied claim for Social Security disability benefits, several levels of appeal are possible. The majority of initial claims for Social Security disability benefits are denied, so it is important not to become discouraged. Generally, the disabled applicant has 60 days from the claim denial to file an appeal, so it is essential to be familiar with the timelines and adhere to them.

The first phase of the appeals process in some states is a request for reconsideration which provides for a review of the claim by a different reviewer than initially denied the application for disability benefits. The second level of appeal is a hearing before an administrative law judge. As is true when filling out the initial application or appealing, it is important for the applicant to know how to present a strong application or appeal with organized and complete medical records. The next step is an Appeals' Council review followed by an appeal to the federal courts if the application remains denied.

A denied claim for SSD benefits is not the end of the story, and it is important for disabled individuals applying for Social Security disability benefits to understand this. Disabled individuals should be familiar with the resources available to them and how to obtain those resources and fight for them if needed.

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