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Appealing a denied claim for Social Security disability

Social Security disability (SSD) is an important resource for many people which is why the SSD appeals process, and knowing how to appeal a denied claim for Social Security disability, can be equally important. Social Security disability benefits may be badly needed benefits for individuals suffering from disabilities. Unfortunately, the Social Security disability benefits application process can sometimes be complex and challenging for individuals most in need of the benefits.

It is not uncommon for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to deny applications when they are first submitted. An initial response of no from the SSA, however, does not necessarily mean that is the final response concerning the application. Applicants who have been denied Social Security disability benefits can appeal a denied claim.

Following the initial denial of a claim for disability benefits, the applicant has 60 days to request that the SSA reconsider the application. If the application for benefits is again denied during the reconsideration process, the applicant has 60 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. It is important to have certain aspects of a claim in order, including following the treating physician’s treatment orders, gathering the correct medical evidence to clearly demonstrate the applicant’s disability, properly organizing the application to ensure clarity and being prepared to answer questions the judge may ask of the applicant.

Having knowledge of the process, and proper guidance, can help applicants navigate what can sometimes be a frustrating and confusing application and appeals process to secure benefits the applicant is in need of. Social Security disability benefits are available to help disabled individuals who have worked for them and earned them which is why it is important for applicants to be familiar with their right to appeal and the options available to them throughout the application process.


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