Social Security Benefits Timing and Deadlines – What You Need to Know

If you’ve been injured or have otherwise become disabled and are unable to work or earn money for your home and family, your primary considerations are recovery, treatment and financial security.  Amidst these serious concerns, paying attention to nuanced deadlines and timing requirements in filing your Social Security Disability claim can often seem a low priority.  Failing to miss a critical date, however, can derail your ability to successfully receive benefits, sometimes permanently.

The SSDI application and approval process can be complicated and confusing without the stress and worry of trying to beat the application, appeal or various submission clocks.  An experienced disability lawyer can help walk you through the claim process and has the background knowledge and handle on the laws that will help manage all deadlines and submission requirements.  If you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance, or are in the process of making a claim, below are some of the important dates you should keep in mind to help protect your rights and provide peace of mind.

Length of Time from Submission to Approval

Alleged Onset Date

Timing of Submission of Medical or Other Evidence

Another important timing requirement you need to keep in mind for your Social Security benefits case is the five day advance window for submitting medical or other evidence that you wish to be considered by a judge at your benefits hearing.  If you’ve been assigned a judge to oversee your SSDI case, there will be a formal hearing to present evidence and testimony regarding your eligibility for benefits.  Don’t think to show up on the day of your hearing and submit all your gathered files at that time, however.  If you want the evidence to be considered during your hearing, you’ll need to get it into the judge’s hands at a minimum of five days before.  Medical exams, employer testimony and more all needs to be planned and gathered well in advance to be sure your case is ready for hearing.

Deadlines for Appeals

Speaking of that hearing, if your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits is denied, you have a finite amount of time in which to file an appeal of the SSA’s decision.  All appeals must be filed within 60 days of receipt of the initial notice of denial of claim.  While you can add on five days to that 60 day window to account for mail delivery, if you miss the deadline for your appeal you may be faced with an uphill battle for an extension or waiver of the time requirement to keep your claim active.  If you miss the 60 day appeal deadline, unless you can prove you had one or more of a very limited number of acceptable reasons, your SSDI claim will be dismissed, leaving you without benefits.

Timing Overview

For each of the various timing and deadline requirements, failing to comply strictly can potentially result in the loss of your claim and an inability to collect disability benefits.  If you’ve missed an important deadline, or want help ensuring your claim or case is filed properly and timely, call the law offices of Justin McMurray, P.C. for a free consultation of your case.  Having a person with sophisticated knowledge of the SSDI claims process in your corner can often make the difference in receiving a successful outcome for your disability law case.


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