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My SSD Benefits Stopped, Can I Appeal?

Were you receiving Social Security Disability benefits, but the Social Security Administration recently stopped sending you payments? If this has happened to you and you believe that you still need these valuable benefits, the good news is that there is something that you can do about it.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) does want to ensure that every decision it makes about your SSD benefits is correct. If the SSA has decided that you are no longer disabled and you disagree with the decision, you have the right to appeal it.

If you file an appeal, the SSA will examine all of the evidence to see if their decision is correct. When you file an appeal, they SSA will look at your entire case, not just the aspect that you disagree with. If they conclude that their decision is wrong, they will change it.

Timeline for Filing an Appeal

How much time do you have to file an appeal? You must ask for an appeal of their decision to stop your disability benefits within 60 days of receiving their letter telling you that your benefits are being stopped.

The SSA assumes that you will receive their letter within five days of the date on the letter, unless you can show them that it took longer for you to receive the letter.

What if I miss the deadline for filing an appeal?

If the 60-day deadline has passed and you still want to appeal the SSA’s decision, you will have to tell them why you were late. If they decide that there was a valid reason for you being late, then you may still be allowed to file an appeal.

Will I keep receiving benefits during the appeals process?

If you request an appeal within 10 days of the date on the letter, you can request that your benefits continue while your appeal is being processed. If you are a bit late in asking for payments while your appeal is being decided, you may still be entitled to payments during the appeal if the SSA decides that you had a good reason for being late.

During the appeals process, you can ask that your benefit payments continue during the first two levels of the appeal: 1) the reconsideration level, and 2) the hearing level.

To learn more about the appeals process, contact a Dallas SSD hearing attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC! We would be more than glad to answer your questions.