Social Security Disability Denied is a phrase you do not want to hear when you need help. If your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits has been denied, you are not alone! On average, up to 70% of initial claims are denied, in part because of missing medical or job information.
You should always appeal the initial denial and reapply. The second review is called Reconsideration and you only have 60 days from the denial date to make this request.
If your claim is again denied, you have the right to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge and you have 60 days in which to request this hearing. After your request, it may take quite a lot of time for your hearing date to be scheduled – in most cases more than a year. You can check the average wait times for your area at this Social Security Average Wait Time website.
At this point, if you haven’t already contacted an attorney for help with your application, you should reach out for an attorney experienced in SSD appeals. We can present the best case for your appeal.
To appeal your claim denial, call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 800–772–1213 or apply online.
How To Prepare for Your SSD Hearing
• Gather more medical evidence. If we are representing you, we will make sure that the Judge has a complete file.
• Get a detailed doctor’s statement about your physical limitations and how they limit your ability to work. As an alternative, your doctor can complete the SSA’s RFC form.
• Ask to review your case file before your hearing to ensure that it is complete.
At the Hearing
The hearing will be held at a location that is convenient for you. The Administrative Law Judge will hear testimony from you and medical and vocational experts before deciding your case.
It’s important that you attend the hearing in person – without a valid reason for your absence, your case may be dismissed. We will attend and you may also invite supporting witnesses, family and friends.
You must answer all questions honestly. Include specific details on how your medical condition affects your ability to work and your lifestyle.
Learn more about SSD hearings at the Social Security Hearings and Appeals website. Social Security Hearing Process