If you were denied Social Security Disability Benefits in Missouri, you are able to file an appeal, continuing your disability benefits application process. This gives you the chance to collect more evidence so that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is more likely to accept your application for Missouri Social Security Disability Benefits. However, there is a time limit for lodging an appeal so you should start the process as soon as you receive the letter of denial from the SSA.
Filing an Appeal for Social Security Disability Benefits in Missouri
As soon as you receive the denial letter from the SSA you should immediately file an appeal. Denial letters are not easy to understand. For example, if the letter states your medical condition isn’t severe enough to qualify for a disability benefit, you are given only 60 days from the date on your denial letter to gather more medical evidence which supports the severity of your medical condition.
The first stage of the appeal process is a Request for Reconsideration, which is a complete review of your claim and the evidence you have provided by an SSA officer and who hasn’t been involved in your case before. If your claim is still denied you may continue the appeals process further, where your case is heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
Missouri ALJ Disability Hearings
The ALJ decision is based on his or her review of your record and any testimony and further evidence of your medical condition that is heard at the hearing. The ALJ's decision isn’t influenced by the fact that your case was denied at the time of your initial application or also on reconsideration.
After you have submitted your request for an ALJ hearing, your local Missouri office will send you information about the hearing process, and a notice stating the time and date of the hearing.
Missouri Office of Hearing Operations Locations
Columbia Hearing Office
Social Security Field Office in Columbia MO
3402 Buttonwood Drive
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (877) 331-8351
Fax: (573) 442-7072
eFile Fax: (866) 262-3203
Creve Coeur Hearing Office
Social Security Field Office in Creve Coeur MO
1285 Fern Ridge Parkway
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Phone: (877) 833-2445
Fax: (314) 434-4800
eFile Fax: (877) 389-4213
Kansas City Hearing Office
Social Security Field Office in Kansas City MO
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (888) 488-7742
Fax: (816) 283-7220
St. Louis Hearing Office
Social Security Field Office in St. Louis MO
200 North Broadway Suite 900
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: (866) 404-1859
Fax: (314) 436-1708
eFile Fax: (877) 389-4216
Get Help With Your Missouri SSD Appeal
Often it’s hard to understand the contents of a denial letter but if you work with an attorney, you may have a better chance of winning an appeal and get the Missouri Social Security Disability Benefits you deserve.
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