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Does The Social Security Disability Reconsideration Have A Time Limit?

The social security administration has no set time limit for making a disability determination on Social security disability and SSI disability appeals, and this includes the first level of the appeals process, the request for reconsideration.

Generally, Social Security tries to process disability appeals as quickly as possible. The amount of time it takes to process an appeal depends upon which level of the appeal process the appeal is at.

For the most part, reconsideration appeals do not take long to render a decision because they are sent to state disability agencies across the country for processing (these are the agencies that make decisions on disability claims for the social security administration and they are usually known as DDS, which stands for disability determination services). State disability processing times are closely monitored and this provides an impetus for making decisions as quickly as possible.

The average time for processing a reconsideration appeal is thirty to ninety days, which is far less time than disability hearing appeals (hearings can take twelve months or longer to schedule, let alone the time required for an administrative law judge to make a decision and issue a notice of decision.

Now if a person questions the amount of time an individual has to file a reconsideration appeal, the answer is quite different. All Social Security appeal periods begin with the date of the decisional notice mailed out by Social Security and claimants are given sixty days to file their appeal. But because Social Security mails all decisional notices via the US postal system, they also allow five days mailing time for the notice to reach the disability claimant.

This means that a reconsideration appeal has to be in the disability claimant's local Social Security office on the sixty-fifth day from the date of the decisional notice. This is not the same as saying that the appeal has just been post marked on that day. To be considered timely, the social security office must have the appeal forms physically in hand by the 65th day (from the date of the denial notice) for the appeal to be considered timely.

If the reconsideration is received after the 65th day, the disability claimant has to provide a statement that gives a good reason for their late filing. If it is determined that "good cause" for late filing can be granted, the disability applicant's reconsideration appeal will be sent to the state disability agency for a decision.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

What Happens if a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim gets Denied on a Reconsideration Appeal?
The Disability reconsideration Appeal - what is it and how do you file for it?
What happens if a reconsideration for Social Security Disability or SSI is denied?
Does The Social Security Reconsideration Take as Long As The Disability Application?
Does The Social Security Disability Reconsideration Have A Time Limit?
How long does it take to get an answer on a Social Security Reconsideration Appeal?
Disability Approval Chances at the Social Security Reconsideration and Hearing Levels
What Can You Do to Make Sure Your Social Security Disability Reconsideration Gets Approved?
Do Most Social Security Disability Reconsiderations Get Turned Down?
The difference between an Application for disability and a Social Security Reconsideration?
Can I request and submit my own medical records for my disability case?

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