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Is a denial the end of the road for an SSDI application?

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2023 | Social Security Disability

The Social Security Disability Insurance program provides essential support to those unable to work due to disabilities. But what if you apply and receive a denial? Is that the end of the road for your SSDI application? Many people find themselves in this situation, wondering what to do next.

Receiving a denial for an SSDI application can be disheartening and overwhelming, especially if you need that support. However, it is important to know that a denial does not mean the end of the road for your application. The process can continue, and there are steps you can take to pursue your claim further.

Understanding the denial

The Social Security Administration reported that they deny approximately 66% of first-time applicants for a variety of reasons. If the SSA sent you a denial, the first thing you need to do is understand why they denied your application. There will be a detailed explanation in the letter you receive. Reasons may include insufficient medical evidence, lack of work history or failure to follow prescribed treatments. By understanding the specific reason for the denial, you can take appropriate steps to address the issue.

Reconsideration of the application

If you disagree with the denial, you have the right to request a reconsideration. This process involves a complete review of your claim by someone who did not take part in the original decision. You will need to provide any additional information or documents that support your case. The reconsideration process might overturn the denial, granting you the benefits you seek.

Appealing the denial

If the reconsideration also results in a denial, you have the option to appeal the decision. The appeal process consists of several levels, starting with a hearing before an administrative law judge. You will present your case and any supporting evidence, and the judge will make a new decision.

Should the administrative judge also deny your claim, you can continue to appeal to the Appeals Council and even to the Federal Court. Each level of appeal offers a new chance for a favorable decision.

Importance of timely action

It is vital to act promptly if you want to pursue your claim after a denial. There are strict time limits for requesting reconsideration and appealing, usually within 60 days of receiving the denial notice.

A denial is certainly not the end of the road for an SSDI application. By understanding the appeals process, you have opportunities to overturn the denial. Remember, acting promptly and providing complete and accurate information will give you the best chance to succeed in your claim. Understanding your rights and the available options can make the process less intimidating and lead to a favorable outcome.