Michigan readers know that the process of seeking and actually obtaining Social Security benefits can be an arduous process, even with a valid disability. The process requires a significant amount of paperwork, gathering of medical documentation and more, and many claims do not gain approval. 

If your initial claim came back denied, that does not mean it is the end of the road for you. You have the right to continue to seek rightful disability benefits by requesting a reconsideration of your claim. If that does not work, you may be able to seek an administrative hearing. Many people find it beneficial to seek qualified guidance when dealing with denied claims and the complications that come with continuing the fight for benefits.

What to expect from an administrative hearing

An administrative hearing is the second level of the appeals process after a denied claim. Your hearing will take place in front of an Administrative Law Judge. If this is the next step for you in your effort to secure disability benefits, it may be helpful to learn the following about the hearing process:

  • After a denied reconsideration, you have 60 days to request an administrative hearing.
  • After submitting your request, you will receive at least a 20 day notice regarding the date and time of your hearing.
  • During a hearing, there may be expert witnesses, your own personal testimony regarding your disability and a testimony from a vocational or medical expert.
  • After presentation of all the testimonies and information to the judge, he or she will make a decision. You will learn of that decision in writing.

You can take certain steps to give yourself a better chance of success with your administrative hearing. You have the right to seek guidance as you prepare for your hearing, gather evidence and prepare your testimony.

You do not have to give up after a denial

Denied claims are a rather common part of seeking disability benefits. If you find out that your claim came back denied, you do not have to give up. You have the right to keep pursuing benefits and continue your search for the financial support you need for yourself and your family.

It can be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of your case. This can help you understand your legal options and how you can move forward with the administrative hearing process. The disability benefits claims process is complex, but you can fight for the benefits to which you have a rightful claim.