Have you filed a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim and been denied? Being timely when filing your appeal can be very important in getting your disability claim resolved. During free initial client consultations, I see that many claimants have simply filed initial application after initial application without ever filing an appeal. The Social Security Administration has steps you must initiate in order to follow through with your claim if you have been denied. In my experience, starting over each time with an initial application is usually not in your best interest.
If you are denied on an Initial Application, you have sixty days to file what is called a “Request for Reconsideration”. This is basically telling the SSA you believe they have made a mistake and are asking them another look at your claim. They will assign a reviewer to your claim and usually make a decision within 60-90 days. If you are again denied, you must request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Again, time is of the essence and you only have sixty days to file the correct paperwork. There are exceptions that the SSA will look at on a case-by-case basis if you turn in your paperwork late. In my experience, relying on the SSA to accept an untimely filing is probably not your best bet. One of the reasons many people hire an attorney is to have a trained professional in this area to help ensure deadlines are met.
The Social Security Administration has various rules and regulations that are used to process disability claims. Considering the numerous claims they receive, providing them with all of the information they need in a timely and complete fashion can only enhance your chances of winning your disability claim. I have years of experience with the Indiana and Indianapolis offices of Social Security. Finding the help you need with your disability claim is a personal choice you should feel comfortable with. Be sure to ask questions when looking for representation, and choose a representative that best fits your needs.
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Author: Scott Lewis