One reason Social Security disability appeals are often lost is that they are not filed on time. A Fresno disability lawyer will advise you that meeting deadlines is of the utmost importance in SSD appeals matters.
The Timeline for Appealing a Denial
All appeals for a denial of benefits must be filed within 60 days. You attorney should explain to you, however, that it is better to file an appeal sooner rather than later.
First of all, the sooner you file, the sooner you can navigate the bureaucratic system, which will allow you an earlier hearing on your appeal. If you miss the 60-day appeal deadline, you will need to start over, which will likely result in your loss of the benefits to which you would have been entitled had you filed a timely appeal.
What Is the Process for an Appeal?
The SSA will send you a letter explaining the reason it denied your claim. This is called a “reconsideration.” Most of these reconsideration are also denied.
If My Reconsideration Is Denied, What Next?
Again, you will need to file an appeal within 60 days. You can appeal in one of three ways:
1. Contact the SSA by telephone and make arrangements for your appeal to be handled via phone and mail.
2. Visit your local SSA office and submit the appeal.
3. Appeal online.
The reality is that most claimants are far more likely to be successful in a SSA disability case when represented by an experienced Fresno disability lawyer. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation to help you understand your rights and responsibilities.