Do You Get Disability Benefits From The First Time You Applied?

The first time you 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 application 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.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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