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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?

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

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?

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