The Social Security Disability Claims Process

How Does Social Security Disability Work?

Initial Application

Applicants file initial application and provide supporting documents with the Social Security Administration. Applicant may be required to be evaluated by a Consultative Examiner hired by the Social Security Administration to determine whether you are "disabled" under the federal rules.

Reconsideration Level

If you are denied benefits on your initial application, you must request reconsideration of your case within 60 days of receiving your denial letter. The most common mistake made by applicants is failing to appeal. Additional medical evidence can be presented.

Hearing Level

If your claim is denied after reconsideration, you have 60 days to request a hearing which will be held in front of an administrative law judge who will listen to witnesses, review medical evidence, and decide your case.

Appeals Council Level

This step consists of filing a written appeal which will be considered by a special department of the Social Security Administration in Falls Church, Virginia. The appeals Council reviews their case to determine whether you were given a fair hearing. If you succeed, your case will likely be remanded back to the Administrative Law Judge for further proceedings.

Federal Court Level

If the Appeals Council denies your appeal and/or refuses to review your case, you have 60 days to file for review of your case in the Federal District Court. After reviewing the record from your hearing, the Federal judge can:

  1. Award disability benefits, or
  2. Deny disability benefits, or
  3. Send your case back for an additional hearing

Contact One Of Our Attorneys For Further Guidance On Your Claim

The Social Security Disability Claims process is complex, and claiming disability benefits is frustrating. Call one of our lawyers at 888-495-8938 for further guidance.

We handle claims for individuals in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County and those located all throughout Southern California.