What To Do If Your Case is Denied
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If your case is denied, you have a 60 day time limit to file an appeal. Social Security will assume that you received your denial letter five (5) days from the date stamped on the denial letter. You will have 60 days from that date to file your appeal.
Requesting Appeal Forms
Some people think that calling Social Security and requesting appeal forms satisfies the appeal requirements. This is not the case. Merely requesting the forms is not sufficient. Appeal forms must be either personally delivered to Social Security or sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.
What Type of Form
If your initial appeal is denied, Social Security will usually require you to file a Request for Reconsideration. If the Request for Reconsideration is denied, you must then file a Request for Hearing. In some instances, however, Social Security may have you proceed directly to a Request for Hearing, bypassing the filing of Request for Reconsideration. You must carefully review your denial letter as it will tell you exactly what appeal form you must file.
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