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How Long Does Your Attorney Have To File Your Social Security Disability Appeal?

If your disability claim has been denied, your attorney can file your appeal for you. You have sixty days from the date that is on the denial notice to appeal the denial. Additionally, Social Security does allow five days for mailing of notices etc., so that really means you or your attorney have sixty-five days total to get your appeal to the Social Security Administration.

This is a concrete time frame and does not go by the postage date on the envelope. The appeal forms must literally be received by the end of the 65th day (counting from the date of the denial notices).

Although you are able to file all of your own appeals with Social Security, you may wish to consider getting a disability representative for a variety of reasons. For instance, if you have conditions that significantly affect your mobility or you forget things easily, you will not have to worry about missing this appeal period. Your attorney or non-attorney Social Security representative will file your paperwork for you. Attorneys or other representatives will also help you keep on track with additional requested information such as questionnaires, provide Social Security with any updates of address or phone, and make sure you remember to attend a scheduled consultative examination.

Why is this important? Well Social Security disability examiners routinely deny disability applicants for failing to attend their consultative examinations, an inability to contact the applicant, or failure to return some kind of requested information. Now, if you are able to keep up with all of these things you may be able to file your reconsideration appeal on your own, because that is basically just a matter of completing your appeal forms and making sure you provide the disability examiner with any needed information.

If you are approved at this level of the disability appeal system (the request for reconideration), you have save yourself a portion of your back pay. Social Security lawyers work for a fee that is a portion of your back pay benefits.

Currently, a Social Security representative is entitled to one fourth of any social security or ssi back payment up to a certain maximum. That maximum is presently set at $6000. Some attorneys or representative also charge for incidental fees (i.e. travel, copying, medical records, etc) along with the standard fee and there are those who charge those fees whether or not they win the case for the applicant. So read any fee agreements thoroughly as they are legally binding agreements.

To that end, it is my opinion that all disability applicants should have an attorney or representative to represent their disability case if they have to appeal to an administrative law judge hearing. Although these hearings are less formal than most legal hearings, they are still legal hearings held in court albeit an informal courtroom. And they are conducted in front of an administrative law judge.

Disability applicants really need to have a representative (a lawyer or a good non-attorney representative) who is familiar with the guidelines of Social Security disability. This might include a thorough knowledge of medical vocational rules, as well as any legal case law that affects Social Security disability. I have rarely seen a disability applicant who knew anything about disability guidelines, rules, or case law that might help present their claim in a light that would be favorable to the approval of their disability case.

Statistics on a national level indicate that disability applicants who use representatives are about twenty percent more likely to win a disability claim before an administrative law judge than those who have no representation.

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

Related pages:

What does a Social Security Disability Attorney or Representative do for your claim?
Getting a Social Security Disability Attorney or Representative for your case
How will an attorney help me win disability benefits?
Disability Lawyers, Medical Records, and Social Security Hearings
What Expenses Will A Social Security Attorney Charge In Addition To The Fee?
Can a disability attorney speed up my disability hearing case?
Should you get a Disability Lawyer before you File for Disability, or get an answer on your claim?
Using a lawyer for a Social Security Disability, SSDI, case
What to do if your Disability Benefits are stopped
What Should I Expect at my Social Security Disability Review if I am working part-time?

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