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How do you appeal if you are denied for Social Security disability or SSI?

If your claim for social security disability or SSI is denied at the initial level, you may file a reconsideration appeal.

In order to file the disability appeal, you need to contact your local Social Security office or call the toll free Social Security number 1-800-772-1213 (it is usually best to contact the local office).

Once you receive the appeal paperwork, it is your responsibility to return the appeal forms to you local office. If the paperwork is not returned within sixty-five days (social security gives you sixty days to file an appeal plus an extra five days for mailing time) of the denial date, your request for an appeal may be denied.

Please keep in mind that postmarked envelopes do not protect the timeliness of your appeal. Therefore, you should strive to send the appeal forms in well before the deadline to be on the safe side.

Once received, the Social Security office will process your disability appeal information and forward your disability file back to the state disability agency, which in most states is named Disability Determination Services or the Bureau of Disability Determination.

Although the claim is going back to the same state disability agency that denied the claim the first time, a different disability examiner will review the appeal. Sometimes a disability denial will be reversed at the reconsideration level, however the number of reversals is relatively small.

If your reconsideration is denied you will need to contact your local Social Security office or the toll free number and request a disability hearing appeal.

Once again, the Social Security office will process your appeal information and forward your disability claim to your regional Social Security hearings office. At this point, your disability claim will be scheduled for a hearing before an administrative law judge, or ALJ.

You may wish to seek representation at this level, because your claim will be presented to the judge either by you or your representative, who can be a lawyer or a non-attorney representative.

Generally, representatives know the Social Security medical listings and medical–vocational rules (rules which determine what jobs an individual of a certain age group, educational level, work skills, and functional limitations might be expected to perform in a competitive job situation).

Statistics indicate that Social security disability and SSI claims with representation (either non-attorney or attorney) yield more allowances than disability claims that are unrepresented and presented to a judge by the disability claimant (you).

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

Related pages:

If I Get Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
What Are The Reasons For Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied?
What happens if you get denied for social security disability three times?
Why Will A Social Security Disability Application Get Denied?
How Many Times Will Social Security Disability Deny You before You Get Approved for Disability?
Can You Avoid Being Denied on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
What happens if a reconsideration for Social Security Disability or SSI is denied?
What should be done if your disability is denied?
How do you appeal if you are denied for Social Security disability or SSI?
Should you get Help from a Disability Attorney before the Claim has been Denied?
How many people get approved for disability from Social Security?

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