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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

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Working and Disability

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What is a disability?

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Do Not Send In Social Security Disability Paperwork Without Doing a Follow Up Call

If you wish to appeal your disability denial, you can do so by calling your local Social Security office or the toll free Social Security number. Social Security will send you all the proper disability appeal paperwork for you to complete and return. Generally, Social Security sends a self-addressed postage paid envelope for your disability paperwork’s safe return. Even with all of this, there are times that Social Security does not receive disability paperwork that an individual has sent (that's actually putting it mildly--the extent to which this phenomenon repeats in "certain" field offices is unsettling).

So what can you do to insure that your disability appeal paperwork arrives securely at Social Security? Once you mail your Social Security disability paperwork, you should wait a few days to make sure that your paperwork arrived..and then call to verify that it has been received. Performing this one simple act can potentially save you a lot of trouble, particularly since SSA field offices do not always send acknowledgment notices after appeals have been sent in (i.e. you can't always make a sure assumption based on whether or not you've gotten an acknowledgment from SSA).


1. How to Appeal a disability claim denial
2. If You Get Denied For Disability Should You appeal Or file A New Claim?
3. First appeal in a social security disability or SSI case

Bear in mind, of course, not to make your follow up call too soon. Social Security receives a lot of mail each day, so it could take several days or so for your paperwork to land on the proper claims representative's desk.

If your disability appeal paperwork cannot be located when you call to check, you may wish to consider submitting it again. Why? Simply because you still have to have your disability appeal paperwork sent in to your local Social Security office not later than sixty-five days from the date of the denial letter. Of course, this is why it's practical and sound to make a copy of everything you submit to social security--in the event you have to do this.

Even if you are not returning disability appeal paperwork, but some other disability paperwork that has been requested either by a Social Security claims representative or a disability examiner, make sure to call and verify that your disability paperwork has arrived safely.

Remember, your disability claim can be denied for failure to cooperate if you do not return requested information. And appeal deadlines are not worth missing.

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

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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