The Social Security Disability Appeal Process
If your Social Security disability application is denied but you’re unable to work due to a medical impairment, you may be able to appeal the decision and get monthly income and health benefits. With few exceptions, Champion Disability Advocates advises people to appeal if denied at the first or initial application. The reasons:
- Only about 3 of every 10 applicants for Social Security disability benefits are approved at the initial level.
- But about 5 of every 10 people that appeal to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) are approved for benefits.
- ALJs have more discretion to decide your case. They actually hear how disability affects your ability to work.
- Your chances of getting approved at the appeals level are much better if you have at your side an experienced attorney who specializes in Social Security disability claims.
You only have 60 days to file an appeal after the date of your Notice of Denial of your initial application.
This is important because, if you win your appeal, you will get pay dating back to when the Administrative Law Judge finds you were entitled to monthly cash benefits. It is not unusual for this pay to be $10,000 or even more. If you simply file another initial application for disability benefits, you likely will lose the opportunity to collect this back pay from your original application—even if your second application is approved.
Get help from attorneys who specialize in disability law.
We are here to help you through the entire appeals process—filing paperwork, reviewing and documenting your case, and even representing you in court, if needed. Our experienced attorneys, who specialize in disability claims, know how to best argue your case for a favorable decision.