It can be hard to stomach a denial from Social Security. But you can’t be discouraged—most claimants win on appeal.
Social Security features a multi-step appeals process with chances to win at each juncture. Here’s what you’ll face:
- Reconsideration: You simply ask Social Security to look at your case again.
- Hearing with Administrative Law Judge (ALJ): You’ll present your case in person to a judge, who will issue a ruling.
- Appeals Council Review: If the ALJ denies you, you can request this council to look at your claim.
- Federal Court: Your last option is to sue Social Security in federal court for benefits.
If you’re at any point of the appeals process, you worry: What can I do to give myself the best chance at winning?
Keep reading to see our top recommendations for winning your disability appeal: