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Depression and not giving up on Social Security Disability



 
The following paraphrased quote came out of a forum:

"She wasn't denied for disability. She actually tried to start the disability application process several years ago based on depression. Because she was depressed, she couldn't complete the process".

If you've never worked in any aspect of the Social Security Disability SSI system (and that could be as a field office claims rep, as a disability examiner, as a paralegal, or as a disability attorney or non attorney rep), you may not realize it, but many many people do, in fact, give up on their claims. The person cited in this example apparently gave up during the disability application phase. However, a great many people give on their SSD cases and SSI cases after they've been denied.

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As an examiner, it was not out of the norm for me to receive cases with "uniques" of 17 or 18. What is a unique? A unique is simply a number on a form (a transmittal form) that indicates on how many separate applications a claimant has filed for disability. Why would you see total unique numbers this high? Generally, when an individual chooses to file brand new applications each time they get denied, instead of filing a disability appeal.

I've stated this many times -- if you keep filing new applications for disability, you will probably just keep getting denied. If you file appeals, on the other hand, you will probably get denied on your first appeal, the request for reconsideration; however, this will allow you to proceed to the next step in the disability appeal process, which is to request a disability hearing. And claimants who go to hearings stand roughly a one in two chance of being approved, with the advantage going to claimants who have representation.

In essence, you should never give up on a disability claim. You should simply file a claim knowing that, statistically, you have a good chance of being denied, but also knowing that if you continue to pursue your claim through the appeal process, the eventual odds of winning disability benefits may actually be in your favor.








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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.

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