When you received a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you felt a sense of relief. You thought that your long-term concerns over money would be over with since your disability application would be approved.
It’s not hard to imagine the shock you received when you saw that the disability application was rejected. Now, you’ll have to appeal if you want to try to obtain disability benefits, spending months or years longer fighting for what you should have already received.
What happens when you receive a Social Security Disability (SSD) application denial?
The first thing to remember is that many people who apply for SSD are rejected upon their first application. It’s easy to make mistakes on your application or to provide too little evidence of your disability. Don’t feel alone if you receive a rejection, because this has happened to many people in the past as well.
Most people can expect to get a denial when they apply the first time. If that happens to you, then you can seek an appeal. You have 60 days to notify the SSA of your intention to seek an appeal.
Once you decide to appeal, there are four levels of appeals you could go through. The first is called reconsideration. This appeal level reviews the claim a second time. People who did not take part in the determination the first time will review the claim and any new evidence you submit. Many people are able to have a successful appeal. Your attorney can help you prepare yours, so you have the best chance of an approval.