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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.








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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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