Ohio Social Security Disability And SSI Legal Blog

Fighting for your benefits: Steps for appealing an SSD case

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | appeals for ssd and ssi cases

Unexpected things can happen as you strive to put food on your family’s table. Accidents and injuries can still occur regardless of how many precautions you take. Sometimes, you even fail to notice that the persistent pain you are feeling is already a long-term disability that prevents you from working. Fortunately, workers can rely on their Social Security benefits in times of need. But what happens if even this last strand of hope denies your claim? 

There are several reasons why Social Security Disability (SSD) claims could be denied. One of the most common reasons is insufficient medical evidence showing the severity of your medical condition or how it limits your ability to work. SSD claims are usually denied because of documentation and paperwork. 

In Ohio, if you disagree with the decision of the Social Security Administration (SSA), you can file for an appeal following this procedure: 

  • Request for reconsideration: Once you receive the decision from SSA, you have 60 days to submit a request for disability reconsideration. The Disability Determination Services (DDS) office will review your claim and any additional documents you submit. 
  • Request a hearing: If the reconsideration still denies your claim, you can request a hearing with an administrative judge within 60 days. The court will review your claim, examine all the evidence you submitted and ask questions about your medical condition. Sometimes, the court would ask medical experts to testify at the hearing. 
  • Request a review of the hearing decision: If you disagree with the judge’s decision, you can request the Appeals Council to review it. If the Appeals Council agrees with the judge’s decision, they will deny your request. Otherwise, they will return it to a judge for further review. You must submit the request within 60 days. 
  • File federal district court action: The last action you can take is filing a federal court review. If you disagree with the Appeals Court’s response, you can file a civil case with your District Court within 60 days. 

Disability benefits are there to help you support yourself and your family. However, navigating through the complex process of disability claims and appealing a denial can be overwhelming. Remember that you do not have to go through this journey alone. The practical knowledge of a disability benefits lawyer could guide you through the process and provide you with the necessary help to get the benefits you deserve.