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How much time are you given to request your Social Security Disability Hearing?



 
The first appeal level is the reconsideration level, the second appeal level is an Administrative law judge hearing, and initiating the appeal process is the same for both levels. You must first contact the Social Security administration (usually, the same office where you started your claim) and request the proper forms for either a reconsideration appeal or a disability hearing. If you have an attorney handling your case, they will do this for you.

You must request and turn in your actual appeal forms (either for a hearing request or a reconsideration request) to your local Social Security office within the "appeals period".

Now you may be wondering what is an appeals period. Social Security allows sixty-five days (sixty days plus five days for mailing) in which to file your appeal of your disability denial.

This means that your local Social Security office must receive the appeal in their office by the sixty-fifth day (from the date of your disability denial). Of course. there are some exceptions to this rule, but they are few (for example, if you were in the hospital and were unable to comply).

When it comes to requesting a hearing, being timely is even more important because administrative law judges are not very lenient with late appeal filings. In fact, the vast majority of late Social Security Disability hearing requests that are filed late are not given good cause and are denied.








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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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