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What happens if I don't make the deadline?
If you don't appeal the decision within 60 days, you need to reapply for disability benefits. After the 60 day deadline passes, your application is discarded because the Social Security Administration handles millions of applications a year and cannot keep old ones.
How long do I have to file an appeal?
You have 60 days from the date you received your denial letter to appeal the decision.
What is the first step in the appeals process?
After you receive a denial letter, you need to notify the Social Security Administration that you'd like to file a Request for Reconsideration. You or an attorney can do this by completing and sending Form SSA-561-U2 back to the SSA's offices.
How long does an appeal take?
The appeals process can take a long time. There are four stages in appealing a denied disability claim, but if you are successful at any of them, the process stops. The first step, request for reconsideration, can take up to a year if the SSA requires you to get more medical consultation and exams. The average amount of time needed to process a hearing with an administrative law judge, the next step, was 514 days in 2008. The Appeals Council Review and filing a suit in federal court can take a lot of time to process and resolve depending on the circumstances of your case.