Social Security Appeals Process

Q: How do I appeal a Social Security decision that I think is wrong? 

A: With a few exceptions, nearly all Social Security decisions have an appeal process available. While the specific process can vary based on the issue in question, basic information about the appeals process is here. 

Read any letter from Social Security carefully and, if you disagree with a decision, follow the specific instructions on the letter. Be especially attentive to the amount of time available to file an appeal and be careful to stay within it.

 If you have any questions about what to do, contact Social Security either by calling the national toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or by contacting your local office. 

After an initial decision, there are generally four levels of appeal: Reconsideration, Hearing by an administration law judge, Appeals Council review and Federal Court.  

This can vary so, again, it is very important to carefully read your letter and follow instructions if you decide to appeal a decision.