National Social Security Appeals Council Lawyers

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What is the National Social Security Appeals Council?

The National Social Security Appeals Council is the last stage in the administrative decision process. This agency is located in Virginia. It was created as a three-member body to oversee the hearings and appeals process to ensure consistency and fairness in the decision-making process.

What Happens if the Appeals Council Grants my Request for Review?
If the Appeals Council grants your request for review, it will either decide the case or return it to an Administrative Law Judge for a new decision.

Is There a Time Limit on Filing for Review?
Generally, you have 60 days after you receive the notice of decision to file for an appeal. If you do not file a timely appeal, your request for review will likely be denied. If you file an appeal after the deadline, you must explain the reason you are late and request that the Appeals Council extend the time limit.

What Do I Do if I Disagree with the Appeals Council’s Decision?
If you disagree with the Appeals Council’s decision, you will want to file a civil suit against the Commissioner. This is considered the last level of the appeals process.

What Happens when I Bring a Civil Action against the Commissioner?
If you bring a civil action against the Commissioner seeking judicial review of the Social Security Administration’s final decision, staff in the Office of Appellate Operations prepare the record of the claim for filing with the Court. Such a record will include all the documents and evidence SSA relied upon in making the decision or determination.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me with My Social Security Matter?
The laws that regulate social security are very complex and confusing. It isn't always clear which benefits you are entitled to. An attorney can help you understand which social security benefits you should be receiving. A lawyer can also help you if you need to appeal a denial of social security benefits.

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Last Modified: 11-23-2010 12:23 PM PST

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