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How does the Social Security Disability appeals process work?

Statistics show that as many as two-thirds of all people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits are initially denied. While in many cases this is due to oversights or errors by the person who submits an application, in other instances the applicant is not aware of the qualifications or simply did not prove that their disability qualifies.

If you are certain that you have an injury, illness or mental condition that is expected to last at least a year, or will end in death, you may qualify for either Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, or Supplemental Security Income, or SSI.

If your application has been denied and you are still confident that you would qualify, there is an appeals process. It is worth noting that the process is time-consuming, so if you have not yet applied it is in your best interests to make absolutely certain that your initial submission is filled out correctly. The appeals process first includes a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, then a review by a Social Security Administration Appeals Council and lastly a claim in federal court.

If you are in the process of a Social Security Disability claim that has been denied, you may want to become more familiar with the application process and the options for your claim. It is important to find out why the application was rejected and craft a claim to get started on the appeals process. With Social Security Disability benefits possibly in a state of flux with a potential reduction in funding, it is important now more than ever not to delay and consider getting your appeal submitted sooner rather than later.

Source:, "Disability Reconsideration: Appealing a Denied Claim," Accessed on July 18, 2017

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