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The 5 Phases of a Social Security Disability Appeal March 15, 2017

La Crosse, La Crosse County
The 5 Phases of a Social Security Disability Appeal, La Crosse, Wisconsin

For Americans unable to work due to an injury or illness, Social Security disability benefits can provide life-changing financial support. However, the process of claiming those benefits is extremely complex, often requiring the advice of a seasoned disability attorney who can guide you through the process.

To get the Social Security disability benefits you deserve, become familiar with the following five steps.

Application Phase

Individuals hoping to collect Social Security disability benefits will have to submit an application, along with medical records proving the inability to work. A significant proportion of applications are initially rejected due to minor errors and technicalities.

Request for Reconsideration

You must file a formal request for reconsideration within 60 days of a rejection to compel the Administration to take a second look. With the help of a qualified attorney, you can overcome the government's objections and start collecting benefits.


social security disabilityAfter your reconsideration review, you have another 60 days to formally request a hearing before an administrative law judge. This official will carefully deliberate your medical evidence. Since the judge will attempt to determine your ability, the presence of an attorney is integral to your success.

Appeals Council

If your hearing outcome is unfavorable, you may request a review from the appeals council, who will either look at the case, deny your request, or send it back to a lower judge for further consideration.

Federal Lawsuit

Disabled workers who have exhausted all other options may file a federal lawsuit, which is determined by a judge alone. In these cases, judges make their decisions based solely on their knowledge of the law and information that has already been submitted.


Delivering compassionate service and effective representation to disabled clients in the La Crosse area, Attorney Ronald Fitzpatrick will ensure you get the Social Security disability benefits you’re entitled to. Visit the website to see a full list of legal services, or call (608) 785-3900 to schedule a free consultation today.

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