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Appealing a denial of Social Security Disability Benefits when the denial is non-medical



 
Nine times out of ten, a person who has received a denial of Social Security Disability benefits would be wise to follow the disability appeal process versus starting from scratch and filing for disability again.

The reason behind this is fairly clear: individuals who are given denials and who then submit fresh applications are typically denied again.

In the large majority of cases, appealing a denial will simply be more practical and will put a disability claimant in a better position to eventually win their disability benefits (I say "eventually" because disability appeals can take months).

And, of course, there is the issue of time. Since the disability process already consumes a great amount of time, starting with a new disability claim--that will probably be given a denial--insteading of submitting an appeal usually amounts to a large waste of very valuable time.



However, having said that, there are instances in which appealing a denial of Social Security Disability benefits is not practical and not the best option. And, generally, this is the case when a claim has been issued a denial on the basis of non-medical criteria.

For example, if a person files for disability and it turns out that they are not eligible to apply based on income (you can apply for disability even if you are working, but your income must fall below a certain threshold called SGA, or substantial gainful activity), they will be issued a technical denial.

In such cases, a person's claim is not reviewed medically---i.e., the medical records are NOT gathered and a medical determination is NOT made. Therefore, in such cases, there is really no point in appealing a denial (a technical denial) and it simply makes more sense to file a new disability application with the social security office.

However, in most cases, a denial will be issued after a medical determination has been made and, therefore, most denials should be appealed.








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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.

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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