Many disability applicants are surprised when they are denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. What many do not realize, however, is that they are not alone. So what do you do when your SSDI application is denied? Is it better to simply apply again and start the SSDI process again? Should you immediately hire a lawyer and appeal? Is it better to simply to go back to work?
Unfortunately, unlike Social Security retirement benefits, receiving SSDI disability is not a guarantee. In fact, many claimants apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and are denied; others wait months or years to receive their SSDI disability benefits. Recently on our forum a user asked, “How long will I have to wait to get my SSDI disability payments?”
If you received a Social Security disability denial form the Social Security Administration, you are not alone. The SSA estimates that up to 70% of first-time disability applicants will receive a Social Security Disability denial. While a certain percentage of these claimants do not meet the basic requirements of disability- they are currently working too much, they do not have sufficient work credits to be insured, or they have a short-term disability- other claimants, who should be approved, are denied.
Turned down for SSI but I know I should qualify
It’s not unusual for a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient to receive an SSI denial. In fact, the SSA estimates first-time disability denials could be as high as 75%. Recently on our disability forum we had a SSI applicant ask, “If I received an SSI denial but I know I should qualify, what should I do?” The answer depends on why you were denied.