What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Do You Get Disability Benefits From The First Time You Applied?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
The first time you apply for disability may or may not determine when you get disability benefits from Social Security. Social Security bases an applicant’s disability entitlement on the date they contacted Social Security to file their disability claim. The filing date determines when you might first be eligible to receive disability benefits. In other words, the life of a disability claim begins with the date of filing and lasts until a disability decision is made.
National statistical information indicates that about thirty five percent of all disability applicants are approved for disability the first time they apply. Which, of course, means that about sixty five percent of all applicants are denied disability benefits.
In order to protect your date of filing you must appeal your disability claim denial. If you do not appeal your disability denial the next time you apply for disability the date of eligibility will determined by the date you contact Social Security to re-apply for disability benefits. It does not matter if you have not worked since your last disability denial, because eligibility is determined by the date that you applied not the date you stopped work.
Remember the life of any disability claim begins with the date you file for disability; if you do not appeal your disability denial, you will not be able to get disability benefits from the first time you applied for disability.
If you are not able to go perform substantial work (generally full time work or highly paid part time work) at the time you receive your disability claim, you should waste no time in filing an appeal with Social Security.
There are a couple of reasons for filing an appeal rather than a new disability claim when your disability claim is denied. You have a better chance of being approved quicker if you appeal your disability claim to an administrative law judge. And, you are able to receive disability benefits based upon the date you first applied for disability.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
Special Section: Disability Lawyers and unnecessary claim denials