Appealing the ALJ's Decision Not to Reopen a Prior Claim

Appealing the ALJ's Decision Not to Reopen a Prior Claim

On a number of occasions, I have been faced with the doctrine of Res Judicata and Administrative Finality in dealing with the question of whether I could reopen a prior claim.  It is fairly common knowledge that an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has discretion to reopen a prior claim for "good cause" for 24 months on a Supplemental Security Income (SSI ) claim and 48 months for and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim.