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The Social Security List of Impairments
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If You Miss Your Social Security Disability Hearing

If you miss your Social Security Disability hearing, one of two things will happen: 1) your hearing will be rescheduled; or 2) your case will be dismissed and you may find yourself in the position of having to file a new claim for disability with social security.

Obviously, the second option is the worse-case scenario. It can take many months for a claim to work its way through the first two levels of consideration within the state disability determination services (DDS) agency (the disability application and request for reconsideration), and if you have filed an appeal for a social security hearing before an administrative law judge you have an even longer wait ahead of you—backlogs in hearing offices across the country mean waits of 1 to 2 years in some states for a hearing to be scheduled.


1. Preparing to win a Disability Hearing
2. What happens when you go to a Social Security Disability hearing?
3. What to expect at a disability hearing
4. Decision at the Disability Hearing

After waiting all that time to appear before a judge, and almost certainly enduring significant financial and emotional hardship along the way, the last thing anyone wants to do is start the whole process over.

And yet, that is exactly the position in which some claimants find themselves. Some fail to appear at their hearing because they didn’t even realize that their hearing was scheduled—notices get lost in the mail, or claimants move without notifying the social security office, hearing office, or their attorney for that matter, if they have one.

This is just another argument for having some kind of legal representation for your Social Security Disability hearing. Not only will your appointed disability attorney or non-attorney rep receive any notices from social security regarding your hearing, but the rep will also take steps to make sure you are aware of the hearing date and location (Typically, a rep will send a reminder notice of the hearing and may also call if you have not acknowledged receipt of either the notice from the hearing office or the reminder notice from the representative's office).

Claimants at social security hearings are more likely to win their cases than those who choose to represent themselves for a host of reasons, including the ability to point out flaws or errors in judgment in the disability examiners’ previous denials.

However, your disability representative can’t represent you if he or she can’t contact you. Always keep your representative informed of your current address and phone number, as well as if you have any conflict with the scheduled hearing date.

If you have good cause, i.e. a good reason for missing your disability hearing, such as transportation problems, illness, family emergency, etc., you may be able to get it rescheduled. This is a far better option that starting all over with a new claim, but still may involve an additional and significant wait before your case can be heard.

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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

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How to prove you qualify for disability
Qualifying for disability eligibility requirements
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Factors involved in Winning SSDI or SSI Claims
Applying for disability with Degenerative Disc Disease
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What Does Social Security Consider To Be a Disability?
The amount of back pay that you receive
Social Security medical disability determination process
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
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How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How Long Does It Take To Get Disability Benefits When You First File?
Can you work if you get SSI disability?
Social Security Disability attorney fees
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What are the non medical requirements for disability
How to get SSI
Approved for disability benefits
SSD SSI disability hearing decision

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.

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