Disability Appeal Deadline
As a disability examiner handling social security disability cases, I didn't have to deal with appeal deadlines. Cases simply landed on my desk and I went about the task of requesting a claimant's medical records so a decision could eventually be made. Working on the representation side, however, clued me in as to how many disability claimants fail to get their disability appeal paperwork in by the required deadline. And trust me, quite a few claimants miss their appeal deadline.
Why is it a problem to get an appeal in on time when SSA allows you sixty days to submit an appeal? Depression, stress and anxiety may be part of the reason. Most claimants have no idea that the majority of all disability claims that are filed are routinely denied. And, for this reason, receiving a notice of denial can come as a genuine shock. However, there are other reasons for missing an appeal deadline and here are a couple of them.
1. Failing to read the notice of denial which informs the claimant that they have sixty days from the date of the denial to file an appeal.
2. Waiting until the last minute to send in the paperwork and then...not getting it there in time (whether it's one day late or ten days late, late is late).
The bottom line regarding a social security disability or ssi appeal deadline is this: you should never miss one, because if you do you will be forced to start over with an entirely new disability application. And, chances are, this new application will simply be denied. To have the best chance of being approved for disability, a claimant should file a timely appeal to get their claim moving through the appeal system and eventually in front of a judge at a disability hearing.
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