Social Security Disability Benefits

How Your Disability Appeal Letter is a Path to Disability Benefits

If your application for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. One important step in the appeals process is writing a compelling disability appeal letter. This letter is your opportunity to provide additional information and argue your case for why you should receive disability benefits. Here’s how to write a compelling disability appeal letter with the help of a Social Security disability lawyer.

The SSA Appeals Process

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a multi-step appeals process:

1. Reconsideration

2. Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge

3. Review by the Appeals Council

4. Federal Court review

Your disability appeal letter will be submitted during the first stage, the Reconsideration.

Letter Writing Tips

When writing your disability appeal letter, keep the following tips in mind:

1. Be concise and clear in your writing.

2. Provide specific examples of how your disability affects your daily life and ability to work.

3. Include any new medical evidence or documentation that supports your claim.

4. Highlight any errors or oversights made by the SSA in their initial decision.

5. Be respectful and professional in your tone.

Working with a Social Security Disability Lawyer

Consider working with an experienced Social Security disability lawyer who can help you craft a strong appeal letter and represent you throughout the appeals process. A disability lawyer can:

– Review your case and identify strengths and weaknesses.

– Gather additional medical evidence to support your claim.

– Help you meet important deadlines and navigate the legal system.

– Argue your case at a hearing, if necessary.

Sending the Letter to the SSA

Once you have written your disability appeal letter, you must send it to the SSA within 60 days of receiving your denial notice along with their appeals forms.  You can also and are encouraged to file an online appeal through the website at  If you do mail, be sure to:

– Make copies of your letter and any supporting documents for your records.

– Send your letter via certified mail with return receipt requested to prove the SSA received it.

– Follow up with the SSA to ensure they received your letter and to check the status of your appeal.

Contact Merryl Jones, Second Chance Lawyer, for a Case Evaluation from a Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you need assistance with your Social Security disability appeal, contact Merryl Jones, Second Chance Lawyer. Merryl Jones offers free case evaluations to help you understand your options and determine the best course of action for your situation. With years of experience in Social Security disability law, Merryl Jones and her team can help you navigate the appeals process and fight for the benefits you deserve.