I filed for disability, was denied, and am now filling out a second disability application
I applied for disability in 2010 and went through the FULL appeals process and the final denial came in 2012. I am overwhelmed as I'm filling out my 2nd application and have a couple questions.
1. Will the first denial of my disability application be reviewed as part of this new application?
2. There are two disabilities I applied with before and several other new diagnoses. How far back do I supply information?
One friend says go all the way back. The local SSA office said the review can't go back before the first denial. Another friend says to just get it in quickly and add information later. An attorney told me to apply on my own and believes I'll be approved but will help with an appeal if that is needed.
I'm so overwhelmed by the process and the HORRIBLE experience of the first application and appeal that it is makingmy depression get worse and anxiety more debilitating.
The denial from the application for disability will not be reviewed in your new claim. However, if you filed the first claim in 2010, the medical records are available for the disability examiner.
Therefore I would just provide the medical information from 2012 forward. Social Security will set your date of onset(when you became disabled) to one day after the date you received your ALJ disability hearing denial.
If your second claim has to go before an administrative judge, there is a chance he or she could reopen the prior disability hearing denial but that would be the only way.
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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