A denied Social Security disability application does not mean you have to start the application process all over again. You have 60 days from the date on your denial notice to file an appeal. If you fail to file an appeal within the time allotted, you should hire a Detroit disability lawyer to explain to the Social Security Administration that you had good reason for missing the deadline.
Need Good Cause for a Late Appeal
Although you have the option of filing a late appeal, you will first need to prove you had good cause for filing a late appeal. There are many reasons that satisfy a good cause showing for a late appeal. However, it is imperative that you hire a Detroit disability lawyer to help you demonstrate this to the SSA.
Some examples of good cause include:
- Severe illness which prevented you from contacting the SSA by phone, letter, or through friends.
- Death in the immediate family
- Records were destroyed or damaged in an accidental reason, such as a fire or flood
- Mental, physical, or speech/language limitations
- Never received the notice of decision from the SSA
- Provided incorrect information by the SSA regarding how to file a Social Security appeal, such as an administrative review or civil suit
- Unable to get the necessary information to support your claim within the appeal time frame
In order to use any of these or any other example of good cause, you and your Detroit disability lawyer need to provide sufficient facts for support. Depending on the specific situation, you may even need to file an affidavit to accompany the explanation letter.
However, you should note that even though you have the option of filing a late appeal with an explanation of good cause, the SSA still has the right to deny your appeal on the basis that is was simply not filed on time.
Contact A Detroit Disability Lawyer For Help With Your Late Appeal
If you missed the 60-day deadline to file an appeal of the denial of your disability claim, it is very important to contact Detroit disability lawyer Marc J. Shefman at (248) 298-3003 as soon as possible.