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What to do if an initial claim is denied

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2020 | SSD benefits, SSD claim denials

There is a good chance that a California resident’s initial claim for Social Security Disability benefits will be denied. However, just because that happens doesn’t mean that you aren’t necessarily entitled to benefits. Let’s take a look at some steps that you can take after receiving a denial notice from the Social Security Administration.

File an appeal

If your initial claim is denied, it is generally in your best interest to appeal the decision. While your claim will likely be denied at the reconsideration level, there is a good chance that it will be approved at the hearing stage. Your attorney may appear with you during an appearance before an administrative law judge.

File the appeal in a timely manner

Appeals that are not submitted in a timely manner will likely be denied, and this means that you will need to submit a new initial application. Therefore, it may be several additional months before you are able to complete the appeal process and receive your benefits. In many cases, applicants have their legal representatives file appeal documents on their behalf. However, if you don’t have an attorney, it is important to to file appeal documents on your own as quickly as possible.

Don’t file a new application

Generally speaking, filing a new benefit application after your first claim has been denied will simply result in a second denied claim. This is because the same agency that reviewed your first claim will review any subsequent claim that you make. The only time it may make sense to submit a new application is if you have additional information that could lead to your request being approved.

If you are seeking SSD benefits, it is important to file initial application or appeal paperwork in a timely manner. Doing so may make it easier to get the money that you might be entitled to in less time. An attorney may be able to help you navigate the application and appeals process.