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If I am Denied For Social Security Disability Because they say I can work, What are my Options?

Social Security informs the majority of those who file for disability that they can work either at their past job or another job as it is performed in the general economy. The national average for denials at the initial disability claim level is about sixty-five percent and those who file a reconsideration appeal are denied about eighty-five percent of the time. What should you do if you are denied by Social Security?

You need to file a reconsideration of your initial disability denial, and do not be discouraged if that is denied as well. Reconsideration appeals should basically be viewed as a stepping-stone to the request for an administrative law judge hearing. The administrative law judge hearing has the highest approval rate of all of the disability levels. The national average for social security disability and SSI hearing approvals is about sixty-six percent.

Finally, you have only a couple of options if your disability claim is denied. You can give up and go back to work, which may be practically impossible if your disabling condition is causing significant functional limitations. Or, you may begin the Social Security disability appeal process, which can be a struggle in itself both financially and emotionally.

It may take a long time to be approved for disability benefits. There are many disability claimants who do not even get a hearing date for more than a year after they file their request for a disability hearing. However, if you cannot work there is not much else you can do but follow this process and try to win your disability benefits.

If you receive a denial on your application for disability, due to the perception by the social security administration that you can engage in work activity, you should do the following:

1. Contact the social security office where you initiated your claim. Do this immediately and inform them that you wish to file an appeal. This will prompt the social security office to send you the necessary appeal forms.

2. If you have representation, contact your disability lawyer immediately. Your lawyer should receive copies of everything you receive from SSA, including notices of denial. However, in many cases, the attorney of record will not receive what the claimant received in the mail, or vice-versa. Contact your lawyer to make sure that both of you are aware of the status of the claim. Your lawyer at this point will submit your appeal for you.

3. If you are not presently represented, consider finding representation. Representation is not necessary for most individuals on a disability application. Once the application has been denied, however, and the claimant is forced to enter into the appeal process, it makes perfect sense to begin searching for a good representative.

This is especially true because the first appeal that is available to claimants, the request for reconsideration, has a higher-than-eighty-percent rate of denial. Meaning? Most claimants will have to request the second appeal, which involves a hearing before a federal disability judge. At disability hearings, claimants are usually best prepared if they have representation.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
What is a Social Security Disability Denial based on?
Are there ways to avoid being denied for SSI or social security disability?
What does a Disability Denial Letter from Social Security say?
Reconsideration of a Social Security Disability denial- what does it involve?
What to do if you receive notification of a Social Security Disability or SSI claim denial
If you receive a Social Security Disability Denial quickly does that mean the case is weak?
What happens if my SSI or Social Security Disability Application is denied?
Social Security Disability Denied The Reasons Why (medical denials)

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria