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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 85%. 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.

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