Some California residents may find the Social Security Disability application process to be lengthy and cumbersome. Many people who eventually go on to successfully receive SSD benefits first must go through an appeal process after an initial denial. Every disability claim decision carries a 60-day appeal period during which the applicant can appeal the denial of benefits.

There are several ways to file for the appeal, including using a paper form, visiting a Social Security office in person or using the online form on the Social Security website. All methods are equal; the applicant just must complete all of the forms required for the appeal. However, there could be a chance that a person dealing with severe medical issues or other serious concerns could miss the deadline for filing an appeal. There are some documented reasons that can be cited in order to be granted permission to file a delayed appeal after the deadline has passed.

Some reasons that can be recognized as good cause include failure to receive the notice of denial, mental illness, inability to read English, physical issues, loss of records due to external events or homelessness. If a person is late in filing their appeal and any of these circumstances apply, it can be important to file for a determination of good cause. Not all such requests are accepted, but it can be very worthwhile to do so. If the request is denied, the applicant will need to file a new initial claim for disability benefits and start the process from the beginning.

People who are struggling with filing a timely appeal for Social Security Disability benefits after an initial denial can consult with an attorney. A lawyer could file the appeal on behalf of the client and present the strongest case possible.