What to do if your Social Security Disability Claim is Denied

The biggest mistake people make when trying to get disability benefits is that they fail to appeal. In fact, more than half the people who apply and are denied fail to appeal. Claimants either give up on the process, file an appeal too late, or file a brand new claim (a mistake). Therefore, it is crucial to appeal within 60-days of receiving your denial letter.

Below, you will find the different stages to the social security disability benefits process and an average of how long each stage takes:

  • Initial Application– 3-5 months
  • Reconsideration – 3-4 months
  • ALJ Hearing – 1 year (maybe longer)
  • Appeals Counsel – 1 year 3 months
  • Federal Court – 1 year 6 months

You can appeal in one of three ways:

  1. Online at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iAppeals/ap001.jsp.
  2. Call 1-800-772-1213; or
  3. Go to your local Social Security office.  To find your local Social Security office go to https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp

To learn more about Social Security Disability Benefits, contact Dimitrios Makridis @ (614) 349-4490 or Irene Makridis @ (330) 394-1587.