When you need to appeal a denial, there are several levels to the process, including:
- FIRST LEVEL: Reconsideration. Request to have a different examiner review your application.
- SECOND LEVEL: Hearing. Present your case before an administrative law judge
- THIRD LEVEL: Appeal. Ask the Social Security Appeals Council to determine if the administrative law judge (ALJ) who denied the claim during your hearing made an error.
- FINAL LEVEL: Federal Court. File a civil complaint with the United States District Court in your area.
As each level involves serious and significant technicalities, it is highly advised that you seek professional counsel to see through your appeal.