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While getting denied your Social Security benefits can be difficult to deal with, you should make sure you don't forget to file for an appeal. It's commonplace for many applicants to be denied benefits only to be approved at an appeal hearing. Once you know you need to appeal, you have things to do. Read on to find out what should be occupying your time after you get a denial letter in the mail from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Note the Deadline for the Appeal
You have only 60 days from the date on the denial letter to request your Social Security disability appeal hearing. If you have a good reason for missing the date, you might be able to get an extension. For example, those too ill or hospitalized to cope with the appeal may be granted an extension for filing it. Others will have to begin the application process again, however.
Speak to a Social Security Disability Attorney
If you have not already done so, talk to a Social Security disability attorney. These legal professionals don't work directly for the SSA but are familiar with SSA laws and practices. Some are approved to offer applicants their services with no upfront costs involved. The contingency fee method allows people who need help with their application or the appeal hearing to get a lawyer and have them paid from the lump-sum back pay they are expecting. This type of contingency fee arrangement has to be approved by the SSA, and there are limits on the percentage the lawyer is paid. If you don't find success at the appeal hearing, you won't owe the lawyer any money.
Use Your Time Wisely
While waiting for the appeal hearing to happen, follow these tips to ensure your case is successful:
To learn more, speak to a Social Security disability attorney.Share