Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Social Security Disability and SSI Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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Social Security Notice of Denial for a Disability Application or Appeal
When a claim for Social Security Disability or SSI is denied, Social Security sends a notice of denial to the mailing address provided by the claimant on the application. Sometimes, through a mailing error or because a claimant has relocated without letting the local Social Security office know, the claimant does not receive the denial for several weeks, if ever.
Those who are represented by an attorney do not normally have to deal with this issue, since disability representatives periodically check in on the status of your claim. If you do not have a representative to do this for you, make a habit of contacting your local social security office on a regular basis to ask if there has been a decision on your claim. If you have been denied, ask when you can expect to receive the notice of denial.
These denials are also not overly specific, and do not supply much useful information to the applicant wishing for a detailed explanation about why the claim was rejected. The notice of denial is primarily important because it states the date upon which your claim was denied, typically listed in the top right corner.
Once a disability examiner has decided to deny a claim, he sends the claimant a notice of denial that is, for the most part, composed of boiler plate langugage that fits his particular case (if you were to compare the denial notices of ten different claimants, the notices would hardly be distinguishable from one another.
It is very important that you file your appeal as soon as you are aware that you have been turned down. Social Security requires that all appeals be in the local Social Security office within 60 days, plus 5 days grace period for mailing. The clock for the 60-day deadline begins ticking from the date stamped on the notice, not the date you actually received the notice of denial, or the date on which you discovered you were denied.
Failure to meet the deadline for an appeal could mean that you have to start over with a new claim, which will only add months to the decision-making process, ultimately delaying receiving an approval in your case.
In some cases in which the claimant or his attorney have not received a notice of denial in a timely manner, the disability examiner could decide to make an exception and allow an appeal to go through. However, the best policy for those filing reconsideration appeals or hearing requests is to keep updated on the status of their case, and file an appeal as soon as they become aware that they have been turned down for benefits.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria