How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Social Security Disability Hearing - How Do I Request One?

You cannot just request a Social Security Disability hearing. There is a disability process that must followed to even be eligible for a disability claim hearing before an administrative law judge.

Where does the process begin? If you have a disabling condition and you are not working, or you are working under the substantial gainful activity limit (a monthly earnings amount that Social Security considers self supporting) due to a mental or physical condition or conditions, you can begin the Social Security Disability process by filing an initial disability claim.

If your initial disability claim is denied, you can choose to appeal the decision. In order to appeal your initial disability denial, you must file a request for reconsideration appeal. The reconsideration is the first appeal in the SSA disability appeal process. Only if your reconsideration appeal is denied are you eligible to request a Social Security Disability hearing.

You can request a disability hearing by contacting your local Social Security office and completing the necessary paper work ,or by using the Social Security online appeal process. Recently, Social Security created an online appeal process that enables you to request your reconsideration appeal or disability hearing and provide all of your undated medical information online.

Once you complete your appeal and medical information online, you need to print your medical release form (form SSA-827 -- Social Security needs this form to request and receive medical records from your doctors), sign the form, and send or take it to your local office.

Remember, all Social Security Disability denials have a sixty-five period that begins with the date of the denial notice in which to appeal the decision. Your local Social Security office must receive the appeal by the sixty-fifth day for it to be considered a timely filed appeal. It is especially important to file your disability-hearing request timely. The administrative law judges who preside over Social Security Disability hearings are not very flexible about late appeals.

In fact, they routinely dismiss late hearings requests that do meet the requirements for good cause. Good cause for late filing can only be granted in situations that involve highly justifiable extraneous situations (such as hospitalization for illness).

Since it takes so long to get to the disability hearing appeal and it takes even more time to be scheduled for a hearing, make sure to request your disability hearing as soon as your receive a denial for your reconsideration to avoid the chance of having your request dismissed for late filing. If your hearing request is denied, you will have to begin the disability process again by filing a new initial disability claim.

Essential Questions

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Will a Social Security Judge give You an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
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Are the Chances of Winning Disability Benefits Higher at a Social Security Hearing with a Judge?
Winning at a Social Security Disability Hearing
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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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