For many Georgia residents injured on the job, receiving government benefits is crucial for paying medical bills, making mortgage payments and covering everyday expenses. Filing a Social Security claim requires meeting a variety of deadlines and supplying specific, detailed information. At the Law Office of Ellene Welsh, we often assist clients filing an appeal as a result of denied claims.

According to the Social Security Administration, you typically have 60 days from the time you receive the denial notice to file an appeal. Depending on your situation, there are four options available to you.

If SSA denied your claim for medical reasons or due to a non-medical determination, you can file a request for reconsideration. This is a complete review of your application by an individual not involved in the original decision. You can submit additional evidence missing from the first claim at this time.

You may request a hearing by an administrative law judge if you disagree with the results of the reconsideration. For denials that result from a medical determination, the hearing generally takes place within 75 miles of your home. If it is a non-medical determination, you can request an online hearing.

Requests for review by the Appeals Council can occur if the court upholds the denial and you disagree. It considers whether the hearing decision supports Social Security regulations and laws. The council may render a decision on your case or refer it to an administrative judge for additional review.

If the Appeals Council declines your review request or rules against you, filing a civil suit in federal district court is an option. At each level, there are requirements and potentially additional information you must provide. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the complex Social Security system and work for a successful outcome. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.