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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.

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    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

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    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    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

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

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    Do Most People Have To Go To A Disability Hearing in order to Get Approved For Disability?
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    Waiting for a Hearing to be Scheduled before an ALJ, Administrative Law Judge
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    Social Security Disability Hearings - What is the ALJ
    If you apply for disability in Ohio
    Will I qualify for disability Benefits in Ohio?
    Getting a Disability Lawyer in Ohio
    How do you appeal your disability denial in Ohio?

    These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

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    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