Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

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.

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

Related pages:

How to file for disability in West Virginia
Social Security Disability, SSI, Mental Disorders, Functional Limitations
Social Security Disability and Short Term Disability Benefits
School records for a child SSI disability claim
Does Social Security approve people for drug or alcohol abuse or use?
Chiari Malformation and Filing for Disability
Social Security Disability Maximum back pay
Social Security Disability Claims and Medical Exams
What a lawyer says at a disability hearing
Question about qualifying for SSI
Social Security Disability SSI and Chronic Pain
Factors involved in Winning SSDI or SSI Claims
The Social Security Award Notice
Spinal Stenosis and Filing for Disability
Can you be approved for disability without a hearing?

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What mental problems qualify for disability?
SSI disability status
How to prove you qualify for disability
Qualifying for disability eligibility requirements
How Does Social Security Decide If You Are Disabled
How much does disability pay?
Factors involved in Winning SSDI or SSI Claims
Applying for disability with Degenerative Disc Disease
How long to get a Social Security decision letter?
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?
How long can you receive SSI or Social Security disability benefits?
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
Am I eligible to receive disability benefits?
What are the non medical requirements for disability
How to get SSI
Approved for disability benefits
SSD SSI disability hearing decision