When applying for Social Security disability benefits of any kind in New Jersey, there is a chance that the claim will be denied. There are levels of appeal for all claims including Supplemental Security Income. Since SSI benefits are for those who are blind, disabled, 65 and older and have financial limitations, there are many reasons why a claim might be denied. If the applicant believes the denial was a mistake, then he or she has the right to appeal. The first level of appeal is reconsideration. Understanding all the parts of reconsideration is a foundational aspect to having the decision changed to an approval. A law firm that understands how to appeal denied SSI claims can help.
At reconsideration, the entire case will be reviewed. This is done by someone who had no role in the initial claim. The evidence will be reviewed and new evidence can be provided. There are different areas of review depending on why the case was denied. If it was denied because of a medical condition, there will be a case review. With a case review, the SSA will examine the case and it does not need to meet the claimant. The claimant will be allowed to examine his or her file prior to the SSA examining it. More information can be given to add to the evidence.
To appeal decisions made for other reasons, the claimant can ask for an informal conference or a formal conference. The informal conference involves the SSA looking at the file and the claimant providing more information. The claimant can attend the conference and explain the reasons for disagreeing with the decision. Witnesses can come in and talk about the claim. The legal representative can be there too. The formal conference is when payments are stopped. This lets the claimant's representative question witnesses. Witnesses can be compelled to appear.
After the reconsideration stage, the applicant will be informed via letter. If the case is not overturned, the person can move forward with other levels of appeal. For people who have been denied SSI claims, it can be a troubling situation. Having legal assistance from the start is vital to getting Supplemental Security Income. Fortunately, many cases can be overturned and the applicant get be approved for SSI benefits when they appeal.