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Several levels of appeals are available for denied disability

While it can be understandably troubling to have a claim for Social Security disability or SSD benefits denied, most claims are initially denied. It is important to keep in mind that an initial denial of benefits is not the end of the process. There are several levels of the appeals process when a SSD claim for benefits has been denied. The first level of the SSD appeals process is a request for reconsideration during which a new reviewer evaluates the claim anew.

The basics of Supplemental Security Income for disability

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is an option for disabled, aged and blind individuals who are unable to work to consider. Unlike Social Security Disability, eligibility for which is based on work history, SSI claims are made by disabled individuals and others who qualify who have limited income and resources. In addition to meeting the Social Security Administration's (SSA) requirements for income and need, individuals applying for Supplemental Security Income based on disability must meet the SSA's requirements for disability.

Can I receive disability benefits more quickly if I have cancer?

Facing a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and patients in Missouri may wonder about the different options available to help them financially. Social Security disability (SSD) insurance is a disability insurance program available to help disabled individuals who qualify. To qualify, an individual must be suffering from a disability that meets the Social Security Administration's (SSA) requirements for disability and have paid into the system through their work history. When a disabled individual is unable to work due to their disability, they may qualify for SSD benefits.

Disability benefits are available for many medical conditions

A diagnosis of a serious medical condition can be an overwhelming point in anyone's life. It may leave the diagnosed individual unable to work as they face mounting medical bills and other financial struggles, while adjusting to life with their illness. For disabled Missouri residents diagnosed with a serious illness, Social Security disability (SSD) benefits may be one option to consider.

Understanding the SSDI appeals process

As many people in Missouri can attest, a large percentage of Social Security Disability Insurance claims are denied. Fortunately for disappointed claimants, the Social Security Administration provides an extensive SSD appeals process that such claimants can use to obtain further review of their claims. The appeals process comprises four levels: request for reconsideration, review by an administrative law judge, review by the internal SSA appeals council and, finally, federal court review.

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