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Disability Appeal Deadlines: What You Should Know

  • Published: March 24, 2013
Disability Appeal Deadlines: What You Should Know

Ocala, FL disability attorneys understand that applicants sometimes miss important deadlines. Did you know that you have just 60 days to appeal a denial of disability benefits? If you miss that deadline, unfortunately, you will need to complete an all-new application. In addition, that time lag can cost you in back benefits. When applying for government programs, the time to act is now. The sooner you apply and, if needed, appeal any benefits determination, the faster your case will work its way through the red tape.

Disability Appeal Deadlines: What You Should Know

About the appeals process

The first step in preparing your appeal is to carefully read your denial letter (Notice of Decision). You will see that the first level of appeal is known as a “reconsideration” of your application. The ball is in your court – it is up to you, the applicant, to request a formal reconsideration within 60 days. Here are three ways to file your appeal:

  1. By Phone/Mail: Call the Social Security Administration to start the process and get your application appeal handled by phone and regular mail. (Contact information can be found at the SSA website:  https://ssa.gov/pgm/services.htm.)
  2. Visit in Person: You can go to the nearest Social Security Administration office to submit your appeal. Be sure to bring your denial letter with you. Before you leave the government office, get a representative to sign a form that shows the exact date and time that you appealed. This will prove that you met the deadline.
  3. Online Appeal: Of course, you can also appeal online. Go to https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iAppeals/ap001.jsp from your internet browser. If you choose to take the online route, make sure to print out and keep the receipt, again because it will prove you met the 60-day deadline.

When you need government benefits, it’s nice to know they might be available, but too often figuring out how the system works can be difficult. When disabled, your energy and ability to run around and deal with government requirements can prove challenging. For the best outcome for your application and appeal, work with experiencedOcala,FLdisability attorneys. Call CJ Henry Law Firm PLLC at 352-304-5300.

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