People seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits have the option to appeal for a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). This option is available to people who have been denied of their SSD benefits and the Disability Determination Services has also turned down their reconsideration request.
How to Appeal for a Disability Hearing
You can request a hearing by an ALJ in the following two ways:
- Appeal Forms
The primary form you are required to file is Form HA-501 (Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge), which is for getting a hearing date. After filling this form, you have to send or take it to your local Social Security office. This form fulfills several purposes, including:
- Informing Social Security of additional evidence that you will be submitting to support your claim;
- Stating your reasons for disagreeing with Social Security and their decision that you are ineligible to receive SSD benefits;
- Indicating Social Security that you want to attend the hearing session in person.
To ensure that Form HA-501 is the right form to submit considering your particular situation, you should first thoroughly read the denial letter from Social Security. It usually contains details about the specific form that you have to submit for a disability hearing. If the denial letter doesn’t contain any such information, you should contact your local Social Security office.
After submitting the Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge form, you will need to fill out the following forms:
- Form SSA-827 (Authorization to Disclose Information to SSA)
- Form HA-4632 (Claimant’s Medication)
- Form HA-4631 (Claimant’s Recent Medical Treatment)
- Form SSA-3441 (Disability Report- Appeal)
- Form HA-4633 (Claimant’s Work Background)
- Form SSA-1696 (Appointment of Representative)
Send or submit these forms to your local Social Security office.
- Online Request
You have to meet the following criteria to file a request for hearing online:
- You have already applied for SSD benefits
- You must reside in the USA or in its territories
- You must have a Notice of Decision
The online request process consists of two parts:
- Disability internet appeal application: You have to provide your personal information and specify whether you are a non-lawyer representative or have a lawyer to represent you.
- Disability Report: In this part, you will be asked to provide any new information regarding your health. This includes hospital visits, doctor diagnosis, and difficulties you have been facing that hinder your ability to work.
After you have completed both the sections, you should save your work before you can log off the website. Upon completion, you will receive a reentry number that will allow you to go to your application when you visit the website again in the future.
The process of filing an appeal for SSD hearing can be overwhelming for many people. In order to avoid mistakes and errors in filling the required forms and for effective representation, you should hire an experienced social security disability attorney. They may also help you to speed up the approval of your application and get a date as early as within two months. Contact Harold W. Conick & Associates, Ltd. today at (800) 608-8881 to schedule a consultation.