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Indiana Social Security Lawyer Blog


All too often, people call me for help in appealing their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims, only to find out they have waited too long. If Social Security denies your claim for Social Security disability benefits, you have sixty days to appeal that decision. (Actually, Social Security allows five extra days for mailing time, so you have a total of sixty-five days from the date of your denial letter.) If you have not submitted the appropriate forms before the deadline, Social Security will very likely dismiss your claim. If that happens, you will probably have to start all over with another initial application. There can be times when the Social Security Administration (SSA) will accept an appeal filed after the deadline, but they will only do so if there is “good cause” for the late filing. If you forgot the deadline, lost the paperwork, or just didn’t get the forms filled out on time, Social Security probably will not find that you have good cause. On the other hand, if you were hospitalized, had a death in your immediate family, or never received the denial letter because Social Security sent it to the wrong address, there is a good chance that the SSA will accept your late filing. Social Security makes a decision about good cause on a case-by-case basis. The best thing to do is to file the appeal as soon as possible after you receive the denial. How can you make sure you don’t miss Social Security’s filing deadlines? Here are some tips: Keep your Social Security office informed about changes in your address and/or telephone number. Follow up with Social Security regarding your claim. In my office, we follow up about once a month during the initial application and reconsideration stages … Continued

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