Many people in New York have spent countless hours compiling a Social Security disability application. After taking the time to track down all of the paperwork and information that the Social Security Administration requires in order to be considered for SSD benefits, finally being able to send it all in is a good feeling. Unfortunately, not everyone gets the decision they want.
In fact, many disability benefits claims are denied at first. A denied appeal, however, is not the end of the road for a person who is seeking disability benefits. What it does mean is that he or she will need to file an appeal.
If your first claim is denied, it is important to file an appeal quickly. An applicant only has 60 days to let the SSA know that you will be appealing the decision.
Once you have filed an appeal, it will go through an informal review process. Next, an administrative law judge will review the decision, which is when most people win an appeal. If an administrative law judge denies your appeal, however, you can take it to the Social Security's Appeals Council and even file a federal lawsuit.
If your initial SSD claim has been denied, it is easy to feel dejected or hopeless. However, at least half of the people who file appeals end up being awarded benefits, so it is worth the effort to keep trying. Because it is a long process that can become complicated, it is important to make sure you have someone with relevant legal knowledge on your side.
For more information, please visit our Social Security disability appeal page.