Thursday, August 09, 2007

Appeal Your Disability Determination From Social Security

If your disability claim has been denied you may wish to appeal the determination. You may appeal your initial disability determination by filing a request for a reconsideration.

If your reconsideration appeal is denied by the state disability agency (known in most states as DDS, or disability determination services, the agency that makes medical decisions for the social security administration), you may file a request for a hearing. This hearing is often referred to as an ALJ hearing since the adjudicator (decision-maker) is a federally appointed administrative law judge.

There is a sixty-day appeal period in which to file your disability appeal, and this is true at each appeal level of the social security disability and SSI system. The appeal period is actually sixty-five days from the date of your denial notice, because you are allowed an extra five days to mail your appeal. However, if you do not file an appeal of your disability determination within the prescribed time frame, you may need to begin the disability process over with a new initial claim.

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Disability in the Various States:

Michigan Disability
New York Disability
Florida Disability
Pennsylvania Disability