Coping with the many challenges presented by a disability after working your entire life is not an easy thing to do. For a handful of disabled individuals, they tend to be more concerned about supporting and caring for their family members than themselves. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides qualifying disabled individuals with monthly benefit payments so that this doesn't have to be the case.
However, applying for Social Security disability benefits requires that a person follow strict rules and guidelines, making the process a rather intricate and confusing one. As such, it is possible for a disabled person to be denied rightful benefits that they need and deserve due to missing medical evidence or an error in the information included in the application itself. SSD deadlines are extremely important when you are appealing a decision that SSA makes in regards to you not qualifying for benefits, being overpaid, or no longer meeting requirements for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.
Considering that SSD deadlines may lead to further confusion, you may wish to speak with a Social Security disability benefits attorney who can help you better understand what is expected of you from SSA as well as your legal rights and options.
Typically, you only have 60 days (about two months) after you are informed that SSA has denied your application for Social Security benefits to request any kind of appeal. 60 days may seem like a long time, but it goes by fast and there may be multiple problems with your application that demand a significant amount of your time to fix. If you received SSA's notice more than five days after it was mailed, you will have to prove this since the time counts as a part of your 60 days.
If your SSD appeal is not filed within 60 days of notice from SSA, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may dismiss your appeal. As a consequence, you may lose your chance of moving on to the next step in the appeal process and you could miss the opportunity for further review of your Social Security disability claim.
With these points in mind, it's possible to request for an extension of the time limit. However, there must be a valid reason for you waiting more than 60 days to request an appeal. If you file a SSD appeal after the deadline of 60 days, you are required to explain why you are late and ask that SSA extend the time limit.
A common reaction people have to the overwhelming nature of filing for Social Security disability benefits is to get anxious or procrastinate solving the issue at hand. Don't leave your financial future and well-being up to chance. Obtaining these benefits is important to you - it's your life. One of the best things you can do to ensure that you receive SSD benefits is to access as much information as possible regarding not only deadlines, but other regulations strictly enforced by SSA. It is also of the utmost importance to know your legal rights and options when it comes to filing an appeal with SSA to pursue your benefits.
A New York disability lawyer at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has the legal experience and resources to successfully protect your rights and help you obtain equitable SSD benefits. We understand that this is a challenging time, which is why we are committed to making sure proper medical evidence is provided for your application and that any appeals are filed within a timely manner. For a free consultation and to find out more about how we can help, call (212) 986-7353.