The first step is to file a request for reconsideration, which is the first appeal on a denied claim for Social Security Disability benefits. This can be done via the mail, or online, which ever you prefer. We help many disability applicants with this at the first appointment. Along with the appeal, you have to file a Disability Report, which is a form seeking updated information on your medical conditions and treatment.
When this appeal is filed, the same office that originally decided your denial reviews the appeal. It is not the same exact person, but is it in the same agency. This is called the Disability Determination Services (DDS) office in Oregon. DDS should update any medical records, and may decide to send you to a doctor for an examination.
The fact is, however, that most reconsideration requests are denied. There was even some talk of scrapping this whole level of appeal, but it is still around. If the the reconsideration request is denied, then you have 60 days to file a request for hearing, which is a very similar process.
If you have a denied claim, and you have questions, give us a call at 503-325-8600. We appeal cases for people all the time, and can help you perfect your appeal, even if you decide you do not need an attorney.