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Should you File Your SSD Disability Appeal Online?
The majority of applicants for SSDI (Social Security Disability insurance) benefits and SSI benefits are denied for disability. What should an applicant do in the event that a notice of denial is received? Here's a short list addressing that answer.
1. An individual who has received a notice of denial should contact their local social security office and request an appeal immediately.
2. If they have a disability representative, they should contact their disability attorney (or non attorney claimant's representative) and notify them that a denial notice has been received. Will your attorney be notified of your denial by social security? In most cases, yes. However, it happens too frequently that the social security administration drops the ball on this issue and fails to notify one or both parties. So, to cover yourself in the event that your representative does not receive his or her copy of the denial notice, give your representative a call and notify them.
3. If you are not represented by someone, either file your appeal paperwork as soon as it arrives in the mail, or seek out a representative and have them file a disability appeal for you.
Now, should you file your disability appeal online? Here's my answer: probably not. Why? My reasoning is simple and practical. If you get denied on a disability application, your next step will be to request a reconsideration (this is the first appeal). However, reconsiderations get denied at the rate of 81%. This means that most claimants who get denied on a disability application will not only have to file a request for reconsideration, they will also have to file a request for a hearing (the second appeal). And a disability hearing is not something that any claimant should go to without the benefit of representation.
Viewed logically, if you apply for disability and get denied, you may as well find a qualified representative to handle your case. And doing so will eliminate any need to file an appeal on your own, including filing one online.
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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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