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What do you do if you get denied for disability in Pennsylvania?

Adults who become disabled for SSD, i.e. become unable to earn an income that is capable of supporting themselves, may wish to consider filing for benefits based on disability with the social security administration. However, after turning in an application, these same individuals should probably prepare themselves for what is often a a long and difficult process for this one reason: most applications in Pennsylvania get denied.

If you get denied on a Social Security Disability or ssi claim, you have essentially three choices. You can choose to give up, you can file a brand Social Security Disability or ssi disability application, or you file an appeal.

Which choice should you utilize? Generally speaking, you should never give up. And, in fact, too many disability claimants do give up. This is very unfortunate and I would like to inform anyone who is considering filing for disability benefits that most claims are initially denied but also that the chance of winning later on appeal may rise substantially, particularly at a disability hearing (hopefully, you'll have representation).


1. Qualifying for SSD and SSI, how to qualify, who qualifies?
2. How to file for disability tips
3. When you file for disability for Mental and Physical Conditions
4. What if I get denied my disability?

Regarding the second choice, you should only in a few circumstances consider starting over with a new application (for example, if you received a technical denial on an disability claim for having excess income but are now no longer working, you may wish to file a new claim).

The third choice, generally speaking, is the most productive. In most instances, your best course of action will be to file an appeal and file it timely within the deadline permitted by the social security administration---in fact, to cut processing time from your case, do not simply file your appeal timely, file it as soon as possible.

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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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