Augusta area Social Security disability attorneys Harrison and Lamar discuss the Social Security appeals process

What happens if the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies me benefits and I do not file an appeal within 60 days?

You will have to start the application process all over again by filing a new application. This could mean that you will not receive some back benefits so it is important for you to appeal every denial within 60 days. It is better for you to file your appeal right away so that your application can get through the bureaucratic denial system faster. The faster you can reach the administrative law hearing stage the better your chances are for receiving benefits.

How do I appeal my denial for Social Security benefits?

Your denial letter will discuss the process for appealing. The first appeal is called a “reconsideration.” You have to file a request for reconsideration. If the reconsideration of your denial is denied, you have to request an administrative law hearing within the 60-day time limit as stated by law.

In what ways can I file my Social Security appeal?

You may appeal your denial in one of the three ways listed below:

  1. You may call the Social Security Administration and make arrangements for the agency to handle your appeal by phone and mail;
  2. You may go to the Social Security Office to submit your appeal in person. If you go to the Social Security Office, please make sure that you bring a copy of your denial letter. Also, make sure that the Social Security representative with whom you file your appeal gives you a signed copy of your appeal paper establishing that you filed your appeal on time; or
  3. You may file an appeal online at Make sure to print and retain your receipt for your appeal so that you have proof that you appealed on time.

Do you live in the Augusta area? Do you have an impairment that has made it more difficult to work? Did Social Security deny you the benefits you need to make ends meet? If you answered yes to these questions, you should contact the attorneys at Harrison and Lamar. These skilled attorneys have 59 years of combined legal experience and can offer you their expertise for your Social Security appeal (including any federal court appeals when needed). The attorneys at Harrison and Lamar will not charge you a fee unless they win your case. To schedule your free consultation, please call the Augusta Social Security disability attorneys at Harrison and Lamar at 706-722-6864.

Harrison and Lamar
16 James Brown Blvd.
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: 706-722-6864
Fax: 706-724-1933