The Three Social Security Disability Appeals at the Administrative Level of Review
The “First” Appeal
If your application for disability benefits has been denied, you must file a “Request For Reconsideration” within 60 days of the date on the denial. This level is typically referred to as “Recon” and takes you to the second level of administrative review.
The “Second” Appeal
If your Request for Reconsideration has also been denied, you must file a “Request For Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge”. As is the case for the previous appeal, you must appeal to this level within 60 days of Reconsideration denial.
The “Third” Appeal
If the Judge denies your claim, you may request review by the Appeals Council (AC). Again, as with the previous appeals, you have 60 days from the unfavorable judge decision to file an appeal with the Appeals Council.