When you get a denial letter from Social Security, it can be extremely stressful. However, keep in mind that most people get denied, but there are actions you can take. If you’ve been denied your benefits in Washington, here’s how to make an appeal.
File for Reconsideration
Within 60 days of receiving your denial, you can apply for reconsideration through form SSA-561. Typically, you will have to modify the medical information you provided. Perhaps you didn’t give enough information on your condition, and you need to be much more thorough the second time around.
Go to Your Hearing With an Administrative Law Judge
The next step is to go to a hearing with an administrative law judge if you were denied a second time around. These meetings appear online or in person, and the judge will provide you with a written decision after your meeting.
Try an Appeals Council Review
An appeals council review is the next step if your hearing does not go well. The Appeals Council will either review the evidence you provide or send your case back to the judge.
Go Through a Federal Court Review
Your last step is to file a civil suit with the federal court. After this, you have no other recourse.
Note: If you hire an SSDI or SSI lawyer, you will have a much better chance of successfully appealing your denied claim. They will guide you through the process and fight for you to get the benefits you deserve.
Working With Schott Law
If you need help with your SSDI or SSI, Schott Law is here for you. Maggie Schott is an SSDI & SSI lawyer serving Washington and Idaho. Contact us now at (509) 328-5789 to start your application.