Marcus Hook, PA asked in Social Security for Pennsylvania

Q: The Appeals Council started reviewing the decision issued by the ALj. Why are they reviewing the ALJ decision ?

I never asked for an appeal . Is it protocol for the Appeals council to review the Judge decision . Does this mean it was denied for them to review out of the blue? Thank you

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Thomas Carter O'Brien
Thomas Carter O'Brien
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Marietta, GA

A: The Appeals Council can either review an ALJ decision because you requested the review, or they can review decisions of their own volition. In their review, the most common outcomes are to either agree with the ALJ decision, or they can remand the decision back to the ALJ for them to fix any deficiencies in the decision. This can mean a second hearing.

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