Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

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

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

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 85% 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.

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

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?

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

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
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?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria