Social Security disability (SSD) insurance is important for many disabled individuals who are unable to work any longer because of a disability. Unfortunately, most initial claims for Social Security disability benefits are denied, so it is essential to know what to do next after an application for benefits has been denied.

The first step in the Social Security disability appeals process, where available, is a request for reconsideration. A request for reconsideration involves fresh eyes on the application which is reviewed by a new reviewer from beginning to end again. If the application remains denied following a request for reconsideration, the next step is a hearing before an administrative law judge. It is important for disabled applicants to prepare for their disability hearing and know what to expect from it.

If the administrative law judge denies the application for disability benefits following the disability hearing, the disabled applicant can still appeal the decision to the Social Security Administration Appeals Council which they can request review the denied application. The last step in the appeals process is an appeal to the federal court. There are several levels of appeal following a denied claim for SSD benefits the help they provide is important to so many disabled individuals.

Social Security disability benefits are available to disabled individuals who suffer from a medical condition that prevents them from being able to work and also meet work history requirements. Obtaining the oftentimes badly-needed benefits can be challenging which is why disabled applicants need to be familiar with the process and know their appeals options and rights.