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What Happens If You File A Late Social Security Appeal? (What is Good Cause?)

The Social Security administration gives disability applicants the right to appeal any decision that is made. If an individualís disability claim is denied, they have sixty days, plus five days for mailing, from the date on the disability denial notice to appeal their case decision.

If an individual misses the sixty-five day appeal period, they can still file a late appeal. However, Social Security has the right to deny that appeal on the basis that it was not returned timely.

Social Security regulations are fairly lenient when it comes to good cause for late filing reasons. These are some of the reasons to grant good cause for filing an appeal late:

1. You were very ill, and it prevented you from contacting Social Security by phone, letter, or through friends.

2. You experienced a death in your immediate family.

3. Your records were destroyed or damaged in a fire or some other accidental reason.

4. You have mental, physical, educational, or speech or language limitations that prevented you from filing a timely appeal.

5. You did not get the notice of decision from social security.

6. You were given incorrect information from Social Security about how to file a social security appeal such as an administrative review or civil suit.

7. You were trying to get the needed information to support your claim but you could not find it within the appeal time period.

These are just some of the many reasons an individual might be able to receive good cause for a late filing. From my experience, most Social Security field offices are fairly lenient with good cause for late filings at the reconsideration appeal level.

However, all of that changes when the late filing occurs at the request for hearing appeal level. Administrative law judges do not grant good cause liberally, and often they dismiss the case without a hearing.

Disability applicants should file their appeals timely and if they feel that they are not able to do so, they should obtain the services of a Social Security disability representative. Social Security disability representatives, either attorneys or non-attorney representatives, will make sure that all appeals are filed timely.

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

Related pages:

What Are The Odds of Winning A Social Security Disability Appeal?
How does the Social Security Disability Appeal Process work?
Can You Appeal A Decision By A Judge On A Social Security Disability or SSI Case?
If You Get Denied For Disability Should You appeal Or file A New Claim?
If you appeal a Social Security disability denial, how long does it take to receive a decision?
How long does it take to appeal a disability case?
Your Chances With SSDI Disability or SSI On the First Appeal, The Reconsideration
Social Security Disability Appeal Deadlines Are Always 60 Days
Doing the SSDI Appeal Online
What is the process to file a Social Security Disability appeal?
What is the Social Security Appeals Time Limit
What If you intended an appeal of your Social Security Disability claim but missed the deadline?
What Happens If You File A Late Social Security Appeal? (What is Good Cause?)
What Are the Chances of Winning an SSA Disability Appeal?

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