How the Social Security Appeals Process Works

Appeal SSDI or SSI Decisions in Tennessee

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income in Tennessee, you may find that you receive an unfavorable decision and that the entirety or a large part of your application has been denied.

When this happens, it is reasonable that you will be very frustrated. Your disability is already making life difficult. You are probably also experiencing serious financial hardship beyond anything you thought you could bear.

Working with an attorney can sometimes help you get the decision you want, but understanding how the appeal process works can sometimes give you the peace of mind to get through another period of waiting for either a request for reconsideration, a request for an administrative law judge hearing or for a final determination of your benefits.

The levels of appeal are different depending on how far into the process you are:

  • Reconsideration — this asks Social Security Administration to reconsider the original, unfavorable decision
  • Administrative Law Judge hearing — an attorney is an important partner at this stage
  • Appeals Council review — this is where you get the Appeals Council to look at the evidence again
  • Federal court — reviews the Administrative Law Judge decision for error

You have to request your appeal in writing within 60 days of the date of receipt of your original notice. The notice will tell you how to appeal, but your attorney can offer better, clearer advice which encompasses everything about your claim.

Speak to a disability lawyer in West Tennessee today

The Memphis disability attorneys at Byrd & Byrd, Attorneys at Law, PLLC can help you with all aspects of the Social Security disability claims process. Put yourself in our steady and experienced hands and allow Tennessee Social Security disability attorney from our firm fight for the best possible outcome for you. We are located at 116 North Church St., 4th Floor Jackson, TN 38301.

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income in Tennessee, you may find that you receive an unfavorable decision and that the entirety or a large part of your application has been denied.

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