Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

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How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

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What if my disability claim for degenerative disc disease is denied?

Disability claims for back pain and degenerative disc disease are decided in two separate ways. For some individuals, if the medical records are strong and well detailed, a disability approval for degenerative disc disease through a listing may occur.

Most claims, however, are approved through a sequential evaluation process that reviews both the medical records and a person's work history to determine if they lack the ability to return to work activity.


1. File for disability with degenerative disc disease
2. Social Security Disability listing, back pain, degenerative disc disease
3. Do they award disability for degenerative disc disease?

If your disability claim is denied, you can appeal the decision by filing a reconsideration appeal. Your reconsideration appeal will be sent to the same state disability agency for a decision; however it is given to a different disability examiner. Unfortunately, very few reconsideration appeals result in an approval for disability. When it does happen, the reason is that the initial disability examiner may have made an error, or there is new and compelling evidence to support a finding of disability.

Therefore, the reconsideration appeal is just a necessary step toward a disability hearing in most states. To request a hearing before an administrative law judge, you file a Request for an Administrative Law Judge hearing appeal; this is the best chance to be approved for disability for most disability applicants. However not all disability hearings result in an approval for disability benefits.

If you receive a denial at your disability hearing, you have the choice to file an Appeals Council appeal to have the judge's decision reviewed, or you can file a new disability claim. If the Appeals Council denies your appeal, you have no choice but to file a new disability claim or go to federal court.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Will I get Social Security Disability back pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability
How much does Social Security Disability SSI pay?
Winning disability benefits, how do I win?
How to win your disability benefits
How to apply for disability for medical conditions
Social Security Disability application, how to apply, file
What are the disability requirements for degenerative disc disease?
Can I file for disability for degenerative disc disease if I am still working?
Social Security disability criteria for degenerative disc disease?
What if my disability claim for degenerative disc disease is denied?
How long to get a disability hearing decision answer?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Social Security Disability status, How to check
How to find if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to qualify for disability, who qualifies?
Qualify for disability, eligibility requirements, criteria
How long does a request for a disability hearing take?
How Long Will it Take To Get a Disability Decision Letter from Social Security?
How long does it take to get or be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
Applying for disability, how to apply, where to go
When should you File for Disability benefits
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Maximum back pay you can get for Social Security disability