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After so much time, is it even worth it to appeal my SSD case?

There are only so many rejections a person can take before they wonder: Is it even worth it to continue trying?

The Social Security Disability system can lead people to ask that question. Yet, this is one case where the answer is frequently: It is worth it to appeal an SSD denial.


First, Disability Determination Services (DDS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) deny approximately 70 percent of all initial applications. They often decide to deny an application solely because an applicant has not provided enough information about his or her disability. This is crucial because the 30 percent that are approved will begin to receive disability benefits far quicker than other legitimate applicants.

When applicants are denied at the initial application level, many will file for reconsideration by the SSA. A denial at this level can be disheartening, but it is certainly not rare. In fact, more than 85 percent of reconsiderations are denied.

Where is the hope, then? At the next level of hearings: More than 60 percent of applicants receive a favorable decision when they appeal their cases to a Social Security administrative law judge (ALJ). ALJ hearings give you the chance to present your case in person (or through teleconferencing) to a judge, including providing more evidence about your day-to-day life and how your disability affects you.

If the administrative law judge denies your case, there are two additional levels of appeals: 1) appealing to the SSA Appeals Council and 2) bringing your case to federal court.

Remember: An SSD denial does not mean that you do not qualify for benefits. It doesn't even mean that the government believes you are faking your disability and will not award you benefits. It simply means you will need to appeal your case. And since appealing your case can mean the difference between financial hardship and economic security, it is a good idea.

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