At the law firm of A. Cooper Attorney at Law LLC in Alabama, we understand that sustaining a disabling injury or condition can be devastating on its own. If you received a denial letter after you applied for benefits, the financial problems in addition to your physical challenges may leave you feeling overwhelmed. Fortunately, a denial of your application is not the end of the process.

You have the right to appeal a denial of benefits from the Social Security Administration. There are a number of reasons that a claim may be denied. The SSA explains that sometimes, the denial is based on a medical reason. In this case, you may simply need to submit additional medical documentation of your disabling condition. Nonmedical reasons for a denial may include the following:

  • Income
  • Resources
  • Living arrangements
  • Overpayments

Your denial letter will include the factors that led to the decision, so you will know what issues to address in your appeal.

The first step of an appeal is to request a reconsideration. An SSA representative who has not been involved in the original review and denial will review your case. If the reconsideration still results in a denial that you believe to be unfair, you can request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. The third level of appeal is a review from the Appeals Council, and finally, you may take your case to a federal court for consideration.

More information about Social Security Disability claims and the processes of applying for benefits and appealing denials is available on our webpage.