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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney


Experiencing panic disorder is an overwhelming challenge, and when it affects your ability to work, seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) becomes crucial. Unfortunately, denials are not uncommon, and understanding the role of the Appeals Council in the appeals process is essential. At Disability Advocates Group, we specialize in guiding individuals in Florida through the intricate journey of appealing SSDI or SSI denials for panic disorder.

1. Understanding the Appeals Council

The Appeals Council is a crucial stage in the SSDI or SSI appeals process. This body, operating at the national level, reviews cases that have been denied at the initial and reconsideration stages. Disability Advocates Group recognizes the importance of this step and ensures that your case is meticulously prepared for review.

2. Grounds for Appeals Council Review

To have your case reviewed by the Appeals Council, it’s essential to identify the grounds for appeal. The SSDI and SSI attorneys at Disability Advocates Group examine your case thoroughly, pinpointing specific issues that warrant review. This could include errors in the evaluation of medical evidence, misinterpretation of your panic disorder’s severity, or procedural mistakes in the initial decision.

3. Gathering Comprehensive Medical Evidence

A successful appeal hinges on the strength of your medical evidence. Disability Advocates Group collaborates with healthcare professionals to compile a comprehensive record of your panic disorder. This includes medical reports, treatment histories, and any evidence showcasing the impact of panic attacks on your ability to work and perform daily activities.

4. Addressing Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) Assessments

The Appeals Council reviews the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) assessments conducted during your initial application. Disability Advocates Group ensures that these assessments accurately reflect the limitations imposed by your panic disorder. If there are discrepancies or omissions, we highlight them to strengthen your case.

5. Proving the Impact on Daily Activities and Employment

Clearly illustrating how panic disorder affects your daily life and employability is crucial. Disability Advocates Group works closely with you to document specific instances where panic attacks interfere with work tasks and daily activities. This personalized approach strengthens your case and provides a more holistic view for the Appeals Council.

6. Timely and Meticulous Case Preparation

Timing is critical in the appeals process. Disability Advocates Group ensures that your case is prepared meticulously and submitted to the Appeals Council within the stipulated timeframe. Our team is dedicated to meeting deadlines and adhering to the procedural requirements for a smooth and efficient review.


Appealing a denial for panic disorder in your SSDI or SSI claim demands a strategic and comprehensive approach. The skilled SSDI and SSI lawyers at Disability Advocates Group specialize in navigating this intricate process, ensuring that your case is not only reviewed but stands out for its strength and accuracy. Contact us today to initiate the Appeals Council process and pave the way for the benefits you rightfully deserve.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.