Benefits: Denied SSD or SSI Benefits and missed the Deadline to Appeal?

Quick Facts

 If you are denied benefits or when you disagree with a decision made by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you have the right to appeal. There are specific time frames imposed by law to appeal. You must be careful not to miss any appeal deadline. It could result in termination of your application and you will have to reapply. 


If you are denied benefits or disagree with a decision by the SSA and you miss your appeal deadline, you should do the following:

  • reapply

  • appeal, explain reasons why you missed the deadline


The SSA will consider if you had good cause to miss the deadline. Some of these reasons are:

1. Circumstances that kept you from making the request on time. For example: hospitalization, serious illness, death in immediate family.

2. You did not receive notice of the determination or decision.

3. Important records were destroyed or damaged by fire or other accidental cause. 

If the SSA finds that you had good cause for having missed the appeal your appeal, although late, will be allowed.




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Last Review and Update: Jun 26, 2012
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