How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

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

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 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.

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

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

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?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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