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The Social Security List of Impairments
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If you are Denied for Disability, Should you File a new Application or File an Appeal of the Denial?

When it comes to Social Security Disability and SSI claims (which are processed in exactly the same manner as each other, both programs using the same standard SSA definition of disability), there is usually very little point to filing a new disability application after a disability application has been denied.

Filing a new disability application will mean that the claimant will need to go back to the social security office where they filed their first claim and repeat all the same previous steps, including going through another disability application inteview, filling out the same application paperwork, furnishing the same information regarding the medical treatment history and work history, and having the claim sent off to determination determination services (DDS) where it will be decided by a disability examiner yet again.

Predictably, when this happens the claimant can usually expect to receive the same answer on their application (which means being denied).

There is typically only one circumstance in which it makes sense for the claimant to file a new claim after being denied on a disability application. And that is a situation in which a claimant has filed a disability claim and it has then been discovered that the individual is working and earning too much income...to even be eligible to file a claim.

When this happens, the social security administration will issue something known as a technical denial. The denial will have nothing to do with the claimant's medical condition because no medical determination will have been performed on the case. The case will have been stopped "dead in its tracks" by the mere fact that the claimant was working and earning too much to even be considered.

If a claimant receives a technical denial based on the fact that they were working and earning too much income, it would be pointless to file an appeal. The correct response in that situation would be to file a brand new disability application--assuming, of course, that the claimant was no longer working, or had at least decreased their work hours and brought their income level down.

However, in all other cases, the correct response after receiving a notice of denial (formally known as a notice of disapproved claim) would be to file an appeal.

The first appeal is something is something known as a request for reconsideration; and while the chances of being approved for disability benefits on a reconsideration are very low (reconsiderations generally have about 13-15 percent rate of approval), getting a denial on a reconsideration will allow a claimant to file a request for a disability hearing.

At Social security hearings conducted by an ALJ (administrative law judge), a claimant will usually have better than a 60 percent chance of winning benefits, even more so if their case is properly prepared and presented by a disability attorney or a qualified non-attorney claimant's representative.

Essential Questions

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What Are The Reasons For Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied?
What happens if you get denied for Social Security Disability three times?
Why Will A Social Security Disability Application Get Denied?
How Many Times Will Social Security Disability Deny You before You Get Approved for Disability?
Can You Avoid Being Denied on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
What happens if a reconsideration for Social Security Disability or SSI is denied?
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Getting a Disability Lawyer in Virginia

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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