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

If you get denied on a disability application do you have to file a new application?

For the approximately 70 percent of individuals who get denied at the disability application step but decide to continue on through appeals, the disability process will usually involve the following:

1. An initial filing (the application, which the claimant has already gone through).

2. A request for reconsideration appeal (basically, a second look at the claim if the disability application is denied, as well as the opportunity to have additional evidence reviewed by the reconsideration examiner if there is new information).

3. A a hearing before an administrative law judge (requested when reconsideration appeals are denied).

Should you immediately file a new application if your current application is denied? In nearly all cases no. You should file a request for reconsideration, the first appeal. In a small percentage of cases, a claim will be denied for a non-medical reason, such as the claimant working at or above the allowable limit for earned income (SGA limit).

In those cases, the claim will have received a technical denial at the Social Security office and will not even have been assigned to a disability examiner for processing. Or the issue of being over the income limit will have been discovered by the disability examiner, the result being that the case is "denied for SGA". In either situation, there is no point in filing an appeal and the claimant may wish to file a new claim provided that they are no longer working, or their earnings have dropped below the SGA limit.

In nearly all other situations, however, a person who has been denied will wish to file a request for reconsideration appeal, not file a new claim--simply because there will be no point in filing a new claim since it will be likely to be denied again.

While the reconsideration appeal is also likely to be denied, once a claimant goes through the reconsideration phase, they can request a hearing where the odds of approval rise substantially.

Filing an appeal after being denied

If you learn that you have been denied for disability benefits, either under the title II Social Security Disability or title 16 SSI disability program, you will receive a notice of denial that contains an explanation of your appeal rights.

At anytime within 65 days of your disability denial notice date (this includes 60 days for the actual appeal time plus an additional five days of mail time which the social security administration will allow you), you have the right to file an appeal.

It is not uncommon for appeals to be missed. In some cases, this is due to a simple error on the part of the claimant. In other instances, this is because the appeal paperwork was never received by the claimant from the social security office, or was mailed back to the social security office and never received there. This, of course, illustrates the high value of doing followups on any paperwork that has either been requested or mailed out.

Note: It sometimes occurs that the time period for submitting an appeal expires because the claimant never became aware that their case was denied in the first place. Again, this points to the need for occasional follow-ups on the status of a case.

If you intended to file an appeal following the denial of your disability application, but missed the appeal deadline, you have two choices. You can file a new disability application with the social security administration or you may request that good cause be given for your late appeal filing.

If the Social Security Administration determines good cause, then your disability claim will be appealed to the next level. If good cause cannot be given, then you will have to file a new application for Social Security Disability or SSI disability benefits.

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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.

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