Appeal as soon as possible! You should appeal your denial of benefits as soon as possible. For unfavorable decisions from the local office and the administrative law judge, you have only sixty (60) days to file an appeal.
If you do not file an appeal within sixty (60) days, your decision will become final and you will not be able to appeal it. Your only other possible option will be to re-apply with the local office.
By not appealing, you could lose significant back payments for Social Security Benefits.
You should also appeal right away because the appeal process already takes a long time before you will receive a decision. Every day, week, and month that you delay is adding additional time to what is already a slow process.
Appeals sent by mail can be lost and misplaced. I recommend that clients hand deliver their appeal form to the Social Security Office. Make sure that the appeal form is stamped with a receipt date and make sure that you have them also stamp the receipt on your own copy. That way if the appeal is lost, you will have proof that you filed your appeal.
You do not have to have an attorney to appeal an unfavorable decision. However, I do recommend that if you obtain an unfavorable decision that you consult with an experienced Social Security Attorney.
Kent S. DeJean