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Friday, July 10, 2009

Consequence of Filing a Procrastinate Appeal

Social Security benefits such as SSD or SSI has been the refuge of the elderly and disabled. However, process is slow and claims are subject to denials. Hence, pursuing a claim takes time and a lot of patience.

In case of denial, an applicant is given two months within which to submit an appeal. Some appeal immediately while some would wait longer.

Filing an appeal as quickly as possible is advised. This would mean your application would be processed earlier hence, the sooner you can draw benefits. While it is true that denial could bring disappointment and depression, filing at end of the two month period would further delay your application.

If your claim is denied and you want to pursue it alone, immediately contact your local social security office and request an appeal. On the other hand, if you want to be represented, you should procure a representative at once.

An unrepresented claimant must accomplish the disability appeal paperwork upon receipt. Appeal documents must be completed and returned to the social security office while keeping a copy for ones records. A follow-up call should be made to confirm the receipt of the appeal. If the office has not received it, the claimant may call again to check until receipt is obtained.

On the other hand, a represented claimant must coordinate with his representative whether a disability lawyer or non-attorney representative’s office staff for an immediate plan.

All in all, claimants waste four months in a disability case - two months for request for the reconsideration and another two months for the request for hearing. If claimants procrastinate in filing, the waiting period could be financially injurious to them. Hence, appeals should be filed quickly to prevent financial fall out.