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I didn’t get my Social Security Disability denial letter so I missed the appeal deadline. What should I do?

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Learn what to do when you miss an appeal deadline because you didn’t receive a Social Security Disability denial letter and see how a lawyer can help.

Appeal the Denial Immediately
If you discover that you were sent a Social Security Disability denial letter that you didn’t receive, you need to appeal very soon—within a day or two of finding out you were denied. Be sure to include a statement with your appeal that says that you didn’t get a denial letter and that describes when and how you found out about the denial. For example, you might have discovered that your claim was denied when you called the Social Security Administration to check on the status of your claim. Also, if you have not moved since you filed your claim or you reported the move, it would be good to mention those facts. See our article I Was Denied Social Security Disability. What Can I Do? for more information about Social Security disability appeals.

Strategize with a Social Security Lawyer
The next step would be to contact a Social Security attorney right away so that he or she can help make a case for having your appeal accepted. Another advantage of getting a lawyer involved is that if your appeal is rejected as a late filing, the attorney may be able to assist you in filing a new claim in such a manner that it will be accepted for a new disability determination and not denied as a duplicate claim. The attorney can also help you address the reasons for the Social Security disability denial so that your request for appeal, if accepted, or your new claim is successful. Our article How Do Social Security Disability Attorneys Get Paid for Representing You in Your Disability Claim may also be helpful.

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I didn’t get my Social Security Disability denial letter so I missed the appeal deadline. What should I do?
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