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The basics of the Social Security disability process

Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are vital for many disabled individuals and their families. Many applications for disability benefits are initially denied so it is important for disabled individuals to be aware of appeals options to receive benefits.

The appeals process for Social Security disability benefits can help disabled individuals obtain benefits even if their initial application for benefits is denied. It is important for applicants for SSD benefits to know what information to provide at what time and at each phase of the process including the application process and appeals process. In addition, it is important to be familiar with the deadlines and timelines associated with the process.

The first step of the SSD appeals process is a request for reconsideration and the applicant who has been denied benefits has 60 days to request a reconsideration. In many cases, missing medical information can lead to an initial denial so it is helpful to have detailed and organized medical records and understand how to provide proper medical records. If the application remains denied, the next step is a hearing before an administrative law judge. Addition options remain if the application remains unapproved including a request for review before the Appeals Council or an appeal in federal court.

There may be nothing more important than for disabled individuals to understand the application and appeals processes for Social Security disability benefits so that they can understand how to obtain the benefits to help with their everyday needs. Having trained guidance through the process can also be useful to help disabled individuals get the benefits they need.

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