If your hearing decision was denied, you have two options: you can either begin the process all over again and open a new application or appeal the second denial and request a review of the judge’s decision. It is important to discuss your next move with your attorney. Appealing a hearing denial is a more difficult case to win. The standard is much higher, and some kind of legal error must have been made by the judge. If your attorney believes that you have a strong enough case to move forward, you have sixty days to do so from when you receive your hearing decision.
Once you have decided that you want to appeal the hearing denial, it is once again a process of waiting. The average wait time for this can vary among states, but it usually shy of a two-year period.
The Appeals Council will receive the request for review all look at it. They may deny if they believe that the administrative law judge was correct in making their decision. If they do find that there was some kind of legal error, they will send your case back down for an administrative law judge to review again. It may be the same judge or a different one, but the hearing process will be the same as before.
If they deny the review, you have the option of filing a civil suit in Federal district court. It is important to note that at any point during this time, you may not begin a new Social Security claim.
I hope that these posts have helped you through the long process that is the legal world of Social Security.