When a California adult is unable to work because of a physical or mental condition, it can lead to financial strain for the entire family. This is why disabled individuals need disability benefits, financial support offered to qualified applicants through the Social Security Administration. It can be devastating when an application comes back denied.
After a denied claim, an applicant can begin the process of appealing. There are certain levels of appeals, and an individual can go through all four levels of appeals if necessary. It is common for someone to go through this process as many initial claims come back denied. The SSA holds a strict definition of disability, and it is not always easy to get needed benefits.
The first level of appeal is to simply seek a reconsideration of the claim. This is asking the SSA to take another look and review evidence again. After that, there is an option for an administrative appeal through a hearing. The third level of appeal takes place in front of a national council, and after that there is the option to take the case to a federal court.
It can be complex to navigate the levels of appeals after a denied disability claim. A California applicant will find it helpful to seek the support of an experienced disability attorney even with their initial claim. Professional guidance can ensure that unnecessary mistakes are avoided when completing the application or appealing a denied claim.