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

Doing the SSDI Appeal Online

If your initial application for Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI) has been denied, your best option is, in just about every case, to file an appeal with your state disability determination services (DDS) agency. This first appeal is commonly known as a request for review or reconsideration, or a reconsideration appeal.

Nationwide, a staggering 81% of these first appeals are denied, due at least in part to the fact that the same agency (DDS) that denied the initial application is in charge of deciding the appeal—unless you have something new to add to the medical record, you’re unlikely to get a better result the second time around.

Still, it makes more sense to file a reconsideration appeal with DDS than it does to file a brand new claim with disability (unless your initial claim was denied on a technicality; i.e., you made too much money at the time). Even if most SSDI appeals are unsuccessful, they are very important because they allow a claimant to move on to the second level of appeal: a hearing before an administrative law judge, who is twice as likely as a DDS disability examiner to approve a disability application.

Today disability applicants have the option of filling out their reconsideration appeal paperwork online, and this option is convenient to both the applicant and the social security administration. Appeals filed online are recorded immediately, and there is less chance of missing the 60-day deadline (all appeals must be filed within 60 days of receiving notice of denial or you will have no choice but to start over with a new claim). Filing online also saves the claimant the time and inconvenience (and gas money) involved in scheduling and attending an in-person meeting at the local SSA office.

Social Security encourages applicants to make use of the online filing process, because it allows their reps to spend more time processing claims and less time in one-on-one meetings with disability applicants. This is a major factor of consideration for the SSA, since there is a huge backlog of disability cases waiting to be processed in just about every state, and congressional budget cuts have actually decreased the number of social security workers available to process claims.

Of course, if something seems too good to be true….Alas, while the online filing process is more convenient, filing an appeal online is probably not in the best interests of most applicants, with the exception of those who have retained legal counsel.

Why? Because only an in-person interview will give you the opportunity to sit across from a social security field office worker and talk about your case, addressing any and all issues necessary, such as: “How long will it take to receive a decision on my appeal? Is there anything I can do to help speed the process along? Is my paperwork filled out correctly? Do you have all of the information needed to make a decision?” etc., or to ask any other questions for which you need answers. Filing an appeal online is one shortcut that, unfortunately, could ultimately delay a decision in your disability case.

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?

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Related pages:

What Are The Odds of Winning A Social Security Disability Appeal?
How does the Social Security Disability Appeal Process work?
Can You Appeal A Decision By A Judge On A Social Security Disability or SSI Case?
If You Get Denied For Disability Should You appeal Or file A New Claim?
If you appeal a Social Security Disability denial, how long does it take to receive a decision?
How long does it take to appeal a disability case?
Your Chances With SSDI Disability or SSI On the First Appeal, The Reconsideration
Social Security Disability Appeal Deadlines Are Always 60 Days
Doing the SSDI Appeal Online
What is the process to file a Social Security Disability appeal?
What is the Social Security Appeals Time Limit
What If you intended an appeal of your Social Security Disability claim but missed the deadline?
What Happens If You File A Late Social Security Appeal? (What is Good Cause?)
What Are the Chances of Winning an SSA Disability Appeal?

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

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.