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A Guide to Disability Appeals

Disability Appeal

What is a Disability Appeal?

In the United States, it is not uncommon for an individual, who may qualify for disability payments, to be denied due to a faulty application. As a result of this realized probability for human error or negligence, there is a disability appeal process, which allows applicants to be reconsidered for disability payments.

Similar to an appeal for a guilty ruling, an individual has the opportunity to undergo a disability appeal after receiving aunfavorable ruling on their disability payment application.

Individuals may apply for disability payments if they undergo an injury or a medical ailment that ultimately prevents them from receiving an income through employment. Disability payments are awarded as public funds; the ability to obtain such funding requires the filing of a disability application. As a result of this process, the United States government has enabled such applicants to undergo a disability appeal process if they have been rejected from receiving such funding.

A disability appeal; however, will not necessarily change the result or ruling of the disability application, but it does give the applicant the opportunity to provide the underlying government agency with the mandatory information to prove the applicant’s eligibility for receiving such funding.

Requirements for Receiving Disability:

For an individual to qualify for disability, the applicant must have an affirmed medical diagnosis for a recognizable condition that is likely to result in death or last more than a calendar year. Furthermore, the medical condition must prevent the applicant from performing the type of job function that the applicant has been accustom to; the applicant will be awarded disability if the medical condition also prevented the individual from adapting to other forms of work.

Although the requirements are fairly simplistic and generic, many applicants are denied payment because they fail to attach proper medical documentation (information that establishes the published criteria to recognize disabling conditions) with their disability application. That being said, to properly obtain disability and to ignore the disability appeal process, an applicant must contact a doctor or medical professional to provide support for the individual’s disability claim.

Types of Disability Appeals:

Upon rejection, an individual has the opportunity to undergo a number of different disability appeal processes. If the initial application is rejected, the individual can request reconsideration (a type of disability appeal) by a different review board whether or not the applicant adds additional information to their application. If the applicant does not have any additional information to initiate their disability appeal, the individual can request a review by an administrative judge, which will include a formal hearing.

If the application maintains its disqualified status, the applicant may further their disability appeal by taking their case to an appeals council. Furthermore, the last stage of a disability appeal will require the inclusion of a lawyer or legal professional to represent the individual’s application in a federal district court setting.

To engage in a lower-level disability appeal, a prospective applicant may request a review online; the internet disability appeal process requires a notice sent from the Social Security Administration. The online disability appeal process does not allow for the inclusion of legal professionals, an appeals council, or the initiation of a formal lawsuit.

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