Don’t be surprised if Social Security denies your claim for benefits. Most people’s initial claims are denied. The real question is: What should you do now?
One option is to submit a new disability application. The drawback of this approach, however, is that your new application will be considered by the same state Disability Determination Service (DDS) that denied your original claim. Simply re-applying does not improve your chances for a successful claim.
A second option is to appeal the denial. You have 60 days from the date of your denial to request a reconsideration and appeal. This process will bring your case before a judge. On average, Social Security judges approve about 60 percent of the claims they consider on appeal.
If you decide to appeal, you may wish to consult a social security disability lawyer. An attorney at Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. can analyze your claim and help you make an effective presentation to the judge. We have represented adults and children with a wide range of disabilities, including attention deficit disorder (ADD), depression, anxiety, broken bones, knee injuries and chronic pain. Contact attorney John Borgmeyer to discuss your Social Security disability claim.
Most people who go through the process of applying for Social Security or SSI disability will be denied the first time. The chance of getting approved for benefits go up for those who take the time to appeal. More specifically, hearings in front of administrative law judges (ALJs) are where claimants will have their best opportunity at winning disability benefits.
If your disability claim has been denied, learn about how the appeals process works, because you have little chance of winning disability benefits if you don’t appeal the denial and know the steps to take to win the appeal. You can learn more about Social Security and SSI appeals here, where you can find the best social security legal services.