Source: Social Security Administration.

Social Security disability benefits help millions of people cope with being unable to work. Yet many people are initially denied in their claims for disability benefits. Fortunately, there are ways you can appeal an adverse decision.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, looks at the four stages of appeals for Social Security disability benefits. Dan goes through each, noting that for many of the stages, you can handle your claim yourself either in person or by electronic submissions over the Internet. Although some of the appeals process is handled within the Social Security Administration apparatus, you can eventually appeal to a federal district court judge, although there, attorney assistance is greatly recommended. Appealing is no guarantee that you'll get disability benefits, but it ensures that any inadvertent mistakes are corrected quickly and efficiently.

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