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

When should you appeal a disability claim denial?

There are two ways to approach this issue. The first is “In which situations should you file an appeal of a disability denial?” The second approach concerns the time limit for filing a disability appeal.

Let’s discuss situations for doing appeals first. In most cases, an appeal will be the thing to do if you want your case to move forward and you want to save time. In other words, if you get denied and instead of filing an appeal decide to start a new disability application, you should be advised that your case will most likely be denied again. That means wasted time and more total time before you finally get approved for benefits. Appeals are almost always preferable to doing a new claim.

Are there situations in which you should not do an appeal? Yes. If you were denied for disability because you were working and earning too much, it will not make sense to appeal this. If you were applying for SSI which takes into account assets and your assets were over the limit (currently the limit is $2000), then it wouldn’t make sense to appeal this either. Finally, if you were denied because of failure to cooperate, such refusing to go to a scheduled medical exam, there is no point in filing an appeal.

Appeals should be done when your case was denied on the basis of the medical evidence.

Now, as to time limits, if your disability claim is denied for medical reasons, you should appeal as soon as you possibly can. You have a 60 day appeal period from the date of the denial letter to file a request for reconsideration. In fact, Social Security gives you an extra five days to account for mailing, so it is actually 65 days.

If your reconsideration appeal is denied, you have the same appeal period to file the next appeal, which is your Request for an Administrative Law Judge appeal. And, if your hearing is denied you can file an “Appeals Council Review” appeal.

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How Many Times Will Social Security Disability Deny?
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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Do I need an attorney to win disability?
How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability?
Will a Judge give you an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security Disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security Disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?

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.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.