January 25, 2020

Appealing a Denial of your MS Disability Claim

If you receive a denial letter following your submission of your application for SSDI benefits based on MS, you have 60 days from your receipt of a denial notice to file an appeal called a Request for Reconsideration.   Look at the date on the denial notice and make sure to send in your appeal within 60 days.  All written correspondence with SSA should be done using registered mail, return receipt requested.

You can also file your reconsideration appeal on-line.  Here is a link to the page on SSA’s website where you can appeal electronically.

You do not need an attorney to file your reconsideration appeal but you may find that it benefits you to hire a lawyer at this point.  If you choose the do-it-yourself route, here is a link to a very thorough guidebook published by the National MS Society – you can download it for free here.

Here is another resource that you may find helpful – a screen capture video where attorney Jonathan Ginsberg walks you through the reconsideration forms.