If you have become disabled and unable to work in Florida, you may have submitted a claim for disability benefits. One of these types of benefits is Supplemental Security Income and it is available to people who meet the qualifications which include income limits as well as meeting the criteria for being disabled. Unfortunately, not everyone receives an initial approval of their request for these benefits.
If you have been denied SSI benefits, you may appeal that decision. According to the Social Security Administration, your first option is to file for reconsideration. This has your case completely reviewed by parties who were not involved in the original review. You may also submit new evidence at this time if you wish. If this reconsideration also results in a denial of benefits, you may request a hearing by an administrative law judge. This person would not have been involved in either of the first two case reviews.
If the judge denies your claim, you may ask an Appeals Council to review the case. The council can deny or conduct the review. Whether they deny to review your case completely or deny your benefits after reviewing your case, you may request a review from a federal court. This is the highest level of appeal possible.
If you would like to learn more about your options for receiving SSI benefits even after you have originally been denied these benefits, please feel free to visit the Supplemental Security Income appeals page of our Florida disability benefits website.