Social Security Disability SSI – mistakes not to make 5

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#5 – Filing a new social security disability or SSI disability application versus filing an appeal following the denial of an initial claim is generally a mistake. Unfortunately, disability examiners see it all the time. A case lands on a disability examiner’s desk with a unique number of 23 and the examiner thinks “my god, this person has had 23 applications (this number may be inflated if all prior applications were concurrent—concurrent filings are for social security disability and SSI and both apps would count toward the total unique number).

Put simply, if you get denied for disability and keep filing brand new applications, you will, most likely, just keep getting denied over and over and over again.

In instances in which a claimant has been denied on an initial claim (the disability application i.e. the starting point), it will generally make more sense, and be more productive, to file an appeal versus filing a new application.

Yes, statistically speaking, a first appeal stands an overwhelming chance of being denied as well. However, after a first appeal (currently known as a reconsideration; possibly to be known later as a review) has been denied, a claimant may request a disability hearing.

At such hearings, claimants tend to have a fifty-fifty chance of being approved for SSD or SSI (about 40 percent of unrepresented claims and about 60 percent of represented claims are approved at the disability hearing level).

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