If your case is denied again (for example, you get a Reconsideration denial), you may appeal this denial and request a Disability Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
Note: some states have eliminated the Level 1 reconsideration process altogether, and take appeals straight to a Disability Hearing.
Roughly half of Social Security disability claimants who appeal to the administrative hearing level are ultimately awarded disability benefits.
Why are your chances so much better at a hearing?
The Social Security Disability hearing gives you a chance to meet with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in person. (And don’t think of this as a bad thing. This is really the face-to-face meeting you’ve been waiting for.) The judge will evaluate your entire case, listen to your testimony, make credibility assessments, and determine whether you are disabled under the terms of the Social Security Act.
If you have questions about SSDI or SSI call the Hartwig Law Firm today at (508)732-8989.