Often you hear people say they had to try three times to get disability. Three times! This seems like a lot, but really it is all one time.
When you file for disability, this begins the claim. If your claim was denied after the initial filing, we request reconsideration. During this time, we continue to submit medical evidence, work history reports, and function reports to the Social Security Administration. If the claim is again denied on reconsideration, this is when we request a hearing before a federal administrative law judge. Once we request a hearing before a federal administrative law judge, it is another five or more months before we go to court. During this time, we again submit medical evidence in addition to any other forms SSA requests. So by the time you get to court, you have already “lost” two times, but rest assured the administrative law judge is not bound by those prior denials and makes an independent decision based on the record.