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My Claim for Social Security Disability Benefits Was Denied. Now What?

Most people who file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits don't win at the first stage of the claims process. It doesn't mean that you will never receive SSD benefits. However, it does mean that you have more work to do and you start the process known as Social Security Disability appeals.

The first thing is to act quickly. You only have 60 days after being denied to notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) of your intention to appeal. The advocates at Binder & Binder® urge you to appeal, in part because starting over makes your case drag on longer. You can also appeal if the SSA said your condition began recently, usually five months ago, rather than when you said it did.

In some states, the first stage of the Social SEcurity Disability appeals process is called Reconsideration. A different analyst will look at your case to see whether the first analyst overlooked something. When you file your request, you will have an opportunity to report any updates about your condition that developed since you first filed. Tell them about any new treatments you are receiving, and be sure to attach any new records you may have. This will help them reevaluate your case.

Reconsideration usually takes three to six months. Unfortunately, your chance of winning at this stage is not much better than your chance of winning at the initial claim stage, so be prepared for yet another appeal, this one before a judge. In states where Reconsideration is not available, appearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is the first stage in the appeals process.

If your initial application was denied, do what hundreds of thousands of other people just like you have done: Call Binder & Binder®, America's most successful Social Security Disability advocates. Let them help you get the benefits you need and that you paid for with every paycheck during your working life.

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