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Social Security Hearing- How do I Request one, how long will it take?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
If you have received a reconsideration disability denial notice (i.e., you were denied on your request for reconsideration), it is time for you to file your hearing request with the Social Security Administration. How do you request a hearing with an administrative law judge?
If you have a representative, they will send you the proper paper work to fill out and return to them, so that they may forward the information to Social Security. However, if you have not obtained representation, you will have to file your request for a disability hearing yourself. All Social Security disability appeals must be received within sixty-five days from of the date of the denial notice (usually stamped in the upper right hand corner of the denial letter).
Now, how do you file the actual request for a disability hearing? You may request your hearing appeal by calling or stopping by your local Social Security Administration office, or you can call the toll free Social Security number. Whatever your contact method, Social Security will give you the proper appeal paperwork to fill out and return.
Once you return your request for an administrative law judge hearing, it will be forwarded to a regional hearings office to await scheduling. When it is time for your social security hearing, the hearings office will mail a letter to you or your representative indicating your scheduled hearing date.
You may wonder how long it will take for your disability hearing to be scheduled. Most hearings offices are experiencing significant backlogs, consequently you may be waiting from one to two years for your hearing. However, not all hearing requests take this long. And with good representation, it may be possible to actually win a disability case before having to request a hearing. However, most claimants will be in the position of having to request a social security hearing.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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