According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), more than half of all initial applications are denied. Fortunately, you have the right to appeal the SSA’s decision. The Houston Social Security Disability lawyers from Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law wants to help you with your appeal.

Our team of litigators and support staff is familiar with the complex appeals process. Contact our Houston Social Security Disability lawyers today at 1 (800) 444-5000 or fill out a confidential, secure, and FREE initial consultation form today.


There are four potential levels in the SSA’s appeals process, which include:

  1. Reconsideration
    If you request reconsideration, you ask the SSA to reconsider the denial of your claim. In this phase, a representative from Disability Determination Services (DDS) will reevaluate the evidence in your claim and evaluate any new evidence you present. You will be notified in writing of the reconsideration decision.
  2. Hearing
    Should you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you can request a hearing. During a hearing an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will question you and your witnesses (if you choose to bring a witness) about your claim. For example, the judge may ask questions pertaining to your medical evidence. Your lawyer will be present during your entire hearing.
  3. Appeals Council Review
    You can request that your case be reviewed by the Appeals Council if you disagree with the decision of the ALJ, though the Appeals Council has the right to deny your request. If they accept your request, the Appeals Council will either make a decision on your claim themselves or return it to an ALJ for further action.
  4. Court Case
    Even if you are denied review by the Appeals Council, your lawyer can file a court case against the SSA in a federal or district court.

We’re here to guide you through all stages of your appeal. It’s our job to collect the necessary evidence to support your claim. We know the system, and we know Texas.

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