Can you appeal a decision to deny benefits?

Social Security Disability benefits are an excellent resource to utilize if changes in your life have created financial strife. Applying to begin receiving benefits in Missouri is a process that takes time. Your commitment to being thorough and detailed will optimize your effort to get financial help.

Denial of your application or a decision not to allow your benefits can be frustrating and confusing. Understanding how to proceed with filing an appeal can provide you with confidence and direction in requesting a reconsideration of your situation.

Reasons to file an appeal

The Social Security Administration’s decision to deny benefits to you could be the result of several outcomes including the following:

  • Incorrect information on your application.
  • Inadequate information on your application.
  • Your condition does not qualify as a disability.
  • You do not meet the criteria for eligibility of benefits.

Filing an appeal allows you the opportunity to modify your application. You can provide further detail to more effectively persuade the board to decide in favor of your receiving benefits.

How an appeal works

Appealing a decision can happen at four different levels according to the Social Security Administration. You can go online and request a reconsideration of your case. If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome, you can request a hearing by an administrative law judge. If things continue to progress, you can request an appeal by the Appeals Council or your case will go to the Federal Court for a formal review. You will receive disclosure of modifications made to previous decisions so you can determine how to proceed.

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