Does Social Security Always Deny Initial Disability Applications?
It is a common myth that the Social Security Administration (SSA) automatically denies all first-time applicants for Disability benefits.
This myth is not true.
About 30 percent of initial applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are approved.
However, this also means that 70 percent of claims for disability are denied. If your claim is denied, then you are given 60 days to appeal that decision. It is important to get your appeal filed as soon as you can. Unfortunately, most appeals are also denied. If your appeal is denied, then the next step is requesting a judicial hearing with an administrative law judge. A hearing is where you will stand your best chance of winning your disability case.
To improve your chances of winning your case, you should consider hiring a qualified disability attorney. Being represented by a professional who has a good understanding of how the Social Security Disability process works will greatly increase your chances of winning your claim. The important thing is not to get discouraged if your initial application was denied; you can still win your claim and receive the benefits that you need.