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If you receive a Social Security Denial Letter, file a prompt appeal and do a followup on it

If you get a social security disability denial letter, you shouldn't get overly concerned about the merits of your case. The truth is, the majority of all claims are denied at the disability application level. And even more claims are denied at the reconsideration appeal level, which is the very first level of appeal that is available to claimants.

If you receive a social security denial letter, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to send in a timely appeal. For the social security administration, timely means that they actually receive the SSD or SSI appeal paperwork from you within 60 days from the date of the denial. That date should be indicated, or stamped, in the upper right hand of the notice (notice of disapproved claim).

Some claimants fail to get their appeal forms returned within the 60 day deadline and this is typically due to procrastination or, in other cases, a bit of depression or anxiety over having been denied in the first place. Therefore, the best course of action to follow after a notice of denial has been received in the mail is to immediately contact social security and let them know that you wish to appeal. This will cause them to send you the necessary appeal forms.

Of course, if you have a disability attorney, immediately contact that person so they can get to work in submitting your appeal forms. It usually only takes about 15 minutes for such forms to be completed and just a few more minutes for the attorney to mail the forms to SSA, and also make copies for his file and copies to send to you for your own records.

Will the social security denial letter explain why you were denied? In a sense, but it tends to be boilerplate language that is basically meaningless. In other words, there will be no detailed explanation of how your medical records were evaluated and how your functional capacity and ability to return to work was calculated.

For this reason, it is entirely pointless in most cases to call social security to have them explain the denial. The best course of action is simply initiate the appeal process by calling social security. And if you have a disability lawyer, contact that person to have them actually file the forms.

Note: after you submit your disability appeal, it is an excellent idea to call social security a couple of weeks later to verify that they did, in fact, receive the forms in the mail. Doing this can stop a potential problem (missing the appeal deadline) before it begins.

Special note: the deadline for submitting a disability appeal is 60 days from the date of the denial notice. However, what SSA never informs claimants of is the fact that they also give claimants an additional five days for mailing time. Therefore, while the official appeal period is 60 days, claimants actually have 65 days.

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

Related pages:

Social Security Notice of Denial for a Disability Application or Appeal
Receiving a Notice of Denial on a Social Security Disability or SSI Case
The Social Security Disability Denial Letter
Is there a Letter showing the reasons why I was denied for disability?
If you receive a Social Security Denial Letter, file a prompt appeal and do a followup on it
What if you Receive a Disability Denial from Social Security?
Proving you are disabled for Social Security Disability with older work credits
How to go back on disability after trying to work again

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