Appealing a Denial

The majority of cases will go through these first 3 stages: Initial Application, Reconsideration, and the Hearing level. If your initial application was denied, you can appeal the decision and apply for a reconsideration of your claim. The appeal can be completed online, however, you may contact Wallace Disability Solutions to assist you with appealing the decision. Please note, your decision to appeal is time sensitive.  Make sure to check the date of the denial letter, because you have 60 days to appeal from that date and if you miss the deadline, you may have to start over. Once your appeal is submitted for reconsideration, another examiner from Disability Determination Service (DDS) will review your case, with additional evidence, and make a new decision on your claim. If your claim is denied at this level, a request for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) can be completed online at

When you request a hearing before an ALJ, your claim sent to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) for the development of your case. This stage is where you have the best chances to be awarded benefits. During this period, we will help you prepare for your hearing and provide the ALJ with evidence and supportive documentation that will make your case stronger.  Do not worry, you will not be alone; we will be there with you to represent you at the hearing.

It is very important to continue treatment while you are waiting for your hearing to be scheduled.  The records from your doctors will be critical to prove your case. Once your hearing date has arrived, again, we will be there with you.  We understand that you may feel nervous testifying before a Judge, however the hearing is informal and it is non-adversarial where there are attorneys on both sides.  You will be fully prepared and ready by the date of your hearing.

If the ALJ determines you are still not disabled and you disagree with this decision, Wallace Disability Solutions will evaluate your claim and assist you with appealing to Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council if necessary.

Remember, if you are appealing a decision or have a claim at any of these levels during the claim process, you can still give Wallace Disability Solutions a call at (888)333-4045 to assist you with your case.