Appeals Council

Should I Appeal My Social Security Disability Claim to Federal Court?

by Patrick Spencer June 3, 2010
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If your claim is denied by a judge, and you appeal to the Appeals Council, your only option for appeal at that point is to appeal it to the federal court. In most cases, you have only 60 days from the date you received the denial to file your appeal. (Some cases only get 30 […]

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Why Do Appeals at the Appeals Council Take So Long?

by Patrick Spencer February 3, 2010

Essentially, it is a numbers game. There are not enough judges to handle the caseload. The Appeals Council gets approximately 100,000 appeals per year. In 2008, they only processed 81,000 appeals.  Because there are more appeals each year than they can handle, they just keep getting further and further behind. The current average processing-time is 261 days. […]

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What Is a Disability Appeal Like in Federal Court?

by Patrick Spencer January 9, 2010

Federal Court appeals are very complex, and the details of what is involved in appealing a Social Security case to Federal Court can take up several books worth of information. This is just a short outline of what you can expect if your case is denied by the Appeals Council and you have to appeal to […]

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