Can I get a Second Disability Hearing?

October 17th, 2010

James, in Temecula, California, asks “My SSDI claim was denied by a judge at a disability hearing, can I get another hearing?”

If you have been denied benefits for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) at a disability hearing, there are 2 ways you can try and get another hearing.

The first way to get another hearing is to reapply for SSDI or SSI, starting all over again. Assuming your application is denied, you can file a reconsideration appeal. If your reconsideration appeal is denied, you can schedule another disability hearing with an administrative law judge.

The Second way to get another hearing is to file an appeal with the appeals council. If you can convince the appeals council that the judge made an error in deciding your disability claim, the appeals council might remand the case back to a judge. This means that you would get a second hearing.

If you have been denied SSDI or SSI benefits by an administrative law judge, it is highly recommended that you get an experienced disability attorney who is familiar with the rules and regulations that govern disability. Deciding on the appeals council or a new disabiltity application is not an easy choice and depending on your unique situation one option might be better than another.

Click here to schedule a free consultation with an experienced disability attorney who practices in San Diego, Los Angeles and Riverside, serving all of Southern California.

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