The second step in the hearings and appeals process with the Social Security Administration (SSA) is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) if your claim is denied at the reconsideration level.
To request a hearing, you must complete and submit a form called "Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge" within 60 days of receiving the reconsideration denial notice. You can submit this form online, by mail, or in person at your local Social Security office.
Once your request for a hearing is received, the SSA will assign your case to an ALJ who will conduct a formal hearing to review your case. The ALJ will consider all the evidence in your case, including any new evidence you submit, and may ask you to testify and answer questions.
The hearing may be conducted in person at a hearing office, via video conference, or by telephone. You may also have a representative, such as an attorney, represent you at the hearing.
After the hearing, the ALJ will issue a written decision on your case. If the ALJ denies your claim, you may request a review by the Appeals Council, which is the next level of appeal within the SSA.