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

Should you appeal a disability denial if your condition is improving?

Before we address the question of one's condition improving, we should first make a statement about the usefullness of appeals. You should nearly always appeal your claim if you receive a denial of either Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. There are a few instances in which a person shouldn't, but those are very limited (such as when a claim was denied for technical reasons that had nothing to do with their medical conditions and their medical records were not even obtained and evaluated).


The Odds of Winning on appeal
Odds of winning disability depend on the appeal level of your claim
Disability Approval Chances at the Social Security Reconsideration and Hearing Levels

However, in most cases, a claim will be denied on the basis that the individual can return to work activity and that decision will be something that can be appealed once, twice, or even three times. In a large percentage of claims, a case that was previously denied at the application level will be approved on the first appeal or by a judge at a hearing. So, generally speaking, it is foolish not to appeal a denial.

Should you appeal a denial of your Social Security Disability or SSI claim even if your medical or mental condition is improving? With disability claims, its sometimes difficult to answer questions in a general fashion---this is especially true when it comes to payment scenarios since there are usually a large number of variables and the likelihood for miscommunication is high (when it comes to payment issues, you should contact your local social security office).

However, with regard to this specific question, the answer will almost always be...yes.

And here's why. Many claimants who file for disability benefits have conditions that exacerbate and remiss. That is, they get better and then they get worse, and sometimes this cycle keeps repeating. This is often true of cases involving fibromyalgia, back complaints, lupus, MS, depression, etc.

Because of the alternating nature (exacerbation and remission) of certain impairments, disability claimants should really think twice about giving up on an SSD or SSI claim when it seems as though their condition is improving---for the simple reason that their condition may unexpectedly get worse later.

What happens if you choose not to file an appeal on a claim within the time frame allotted (you have 60 days to file an appeal from the date of your last denial)? You will be forced to start over with a brand new application, which may needlessly consume several more months of waiting.


When to appeal a disability denial
The first appeal in a Social Security Disability or SSI case
When to appeal Social Security Disability or SSI
Social Security Disability SSI appeals

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

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Who can help me file for disability?

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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How and why to check Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability back pay
Non medical requirements for disability
Qualifying for disability, SSD SSI
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Who qualifies for SSI?
Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
How long does SSDI and SSI disability take to get?
Filing for disability with Depression
Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits with a Mental Condition
How long for a disability judge to make a decision?
While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability
Filing for disability with carpal tunnel syndrome
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Can you work if you get a disability check?
Disability application denied
File for disability, the application
How to get disability benefits
Conditions that get approved for disability
How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security

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.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.