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

Requesting a Disability Hearing After You are Denied

If you receive an initial Social Security or Supplemental Security Income disability denial, can you file immediately for your disability hearing with an administrative law judge? Unfortunately, no you must begin what is known as the Social Security disability appeal process and it can be a very time consuming arduous journey for disability applicants.

So how does the appeal process work? Well, if your initial claim is denied you begin with the request for reconsideration appeal. Reconsideration appeals generally take thirty to sixty days to receive a disability decision and are for the most the medical decision will be a denial as only about 15 percent of reconsideration appeals are approved. If your reconsideration appeal is denied what can you do? You should keep the disability appeal process moving toward the administrative law judge hearing, where you have the best chance of being awarded Social Security disability benefits. In fact, about two thirds of all disability applicants are awarded disability benefits at an administrative law judge hearing.

Regrettably, you may be waiting along time for your disability benefits if you have to avail yourself of the Social Security appeals process. Average wait times for disability hearings across the nation are months or even years. Social Security is working on reducing this workload, but with more disability applications being file than ever in the past, Social Security is struggling to reduce this workload.

In conclusion, you cannot request and immediate hearing if your claim has been denied. If you plan on winning your disability benefits you will most likely have to avail yourself of the disability appeal process including the administrative law judge hearing to win your disability benefits.

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

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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria