How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

How do I request a Social Security Disability hearing - How do I file?

The Social Security Disability hearing is the second appeal in the SSA disability system. You may request the hearing only if you have been denied on a request for reconsideration, which is the first appeal level.

Reconsideration appeals are overwhelmingly denied by disability examiners; generally, more than eighty percent. Therefore, if you file a claim for disability benefits and receive a denial on your initial claim--i.e. your disability application--you can be relatively certain that you will need, at some point, to file a request for a hearing (because as we said, most claims are also denied on the first appeal, which is the reconsideration).

Because being denied on a disability application usually necessitates a disability hearing "further down the road", it is often practical to get representation on a disability claim not long after the first denial notice (officially known as a notice of disapproved claim) has been received. This is because going to a disability hearing unrepresented will significantly decrease the chances of winning the claim.

How do I request, or file for, a Social Security Disability hearing?

You may file a request for a disability hearing online, or by contacting your local social security office over the phone or in person, or, if you have a disability attorney, that individual will file and submit the necessary paperwork as well as send you copies of what has been submitted.

Regardless of whether the appeal is done in person or otherwise, it will involve two basic forms. One is the Appeal Request form (Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge - Form HA-501). The other is the disability report form (form SSA-3441).

In completing these forms, you should have available to you the following information:

1. Your contact information, including your address and phone number.

2. The contact information of your disability lawyer if you are, in fact, represented.

3. Your prior decision notice. This would be the denial notice that resulted from your "request for reconsideration" appeal.

Other forms that will need to be completed will include a form regarding your recent medical treatment (HA-4631), a form regarding your medications (HA-4632), and possibly a work background form if you have engaged in any additional work activity since your claim began (HA-4633), and, lastly, an appointment of representative form (form SSA-1696) if you have representation.

Additional information at:

Speeding up the Request for a Social Security Hearing - Documentation that is needed

Requesting a Social Security Hearing when you have a Disability Representative or Attorney

What does a Social Security Disability Lawyer or Representative do for your claim?

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

Related pages:

Will a Social Security Judge give You an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
Basic Facts about the Administrative Law Judge Social Security Disability Hearing
Are the Chances of Winning Disability Benefits Higher at a Social Security Hearing with a Judge?
Winning at a Social Security Disability Hearing
Social Security Disability Hearings - what to expect
What happens when you go to a Social Security Disability hearing?
How do I request a Social Security Disability hearing - How do I file?
Requesting a Social Security Hearing when you have a Disability Representative or Attorney
How long does a request for a disability hearing appeal take?
What are the odds of a judge giving you a disability denial?
What is a Social Security administrative law judge disability hearing?
What is the time frame for a judge to make a decision for a disability hearing?
How should I prepare for a disability hearing with Social Security?
What are the questions that get asked at a Social Security Disability or SSI hearing?
What Conditions Qualify for Disability in Colorado?
Disability Requirements in Colorado
Requirements for SSI Disability in Colorado

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

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

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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