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How much time are you given to request your Social Security Disability Hearing?

The first appeal level is the reconsideration level, the second appeal level is an Administrative law judge hearing, and initiating the appeal process is the same for both levels. You must first contact the Social Security administration (usually, the same office where you started your claim) and request the proper forms for either a reconsideration appeal or a disability hearing. If you have an attorney handling your case, they will do this for you.

You must request and turn in your actual appeal forms (either for a hearing request or a reconsideration request) to your local Social Security office within the "appeals period".

Now you may be wondering what is an appeals period. Social Security allows sixty-five days (sixty days plus five days for mailing) in which to file your appeal of your disability denial.

This means that your local Social Security office must receive the appeal in their office by the sixty-fifth day (from the date of your disability denial). Of course. there are some exceptions to this rule, but they are few (for example, if you were in the hospital and were unable to comply).

When it comes to requesting a hearing, being timely is even more important because administrative law judges are not very lenient with late appeal filings. In fact, the vast majority of late Social Security disability hearing requests that are filed late are not given good cause and are denied.

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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