My Claim Was Denied, Now What?

Claim Denied? Don't Give Up.

More than 70 percent of Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims are initially denied by the SSA.

What you need to know is that a denied claim doesn't mean you can't qualify for benefits or that the government thinks you're faking — it simply means that you have to exercise your right to appeal.

At Midwest Disability, we have represented clients at every level of the disability appeals process, including before the United States Supreme Court.

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What are the stages of the appeals process?

  • Reconsideration: At this stage of the process, you're basically asking the SSA to take a second look at the claim they just denied. In almost every instance, the claim will be rejected again. In some states, this stage of the process has been eliminated.
  • The ALJ Hearing: It can be two years or more from the date you filed your initial claim before you actually have your hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ), and several more months before the ALJ issues a decision. For this reason alone, it is important to apply for benefits as soon as possible.
  • The Appeals Council: The Social Security Administration's Appeals Council in Falls Church, Virginia, is the final stage of the administrative appeals process. This is a written appeal and review of your claim file where new evidence will generally not be considered.
  • Federal Court: When all of the available administrative appeals have failed, you can still appeal in the federal court system. Unfortunately, many disability lawyers don't handle federal appeals and "trained advocates" aren't allowed to. We do.

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Great People. Great Results. — Midwest Disability works for you.

Midwest Disability focuses solely on disability claims. We have more than 50 years of combined experience and we help thousands of people each year.

Contact us online or call our offices directly at 888-351-0427 for a free case evaluation and consultation. All cases are taken on contingency, meaning there are no fees until we recover benefits.