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Options after an SSD denial

If you are unable to work due to a disability, Social Security can provide you with necessary financial assistance. However, sometimes the Social Security Administration may deny certain claims, and if the claimants do not agree, they must choose to fight the decision

There are a couple of ways to handle a denial. In order to select the right one, a claimant must understand the difference. 


An appeal involves having the SSA examine and make a determination on an SSD application that is already in place. There are four possible stages of the appeal process, though it is not usually necessary for it to go that far. With the right approach, it is possible to receive an SSD award with just one appeal. A major part of winning the first appeal is ensuring that all of the proper paperwork and documentation are in place, including the correct appeal form for the case. Claimants should also be ready to address any questions from the person or judge reviewing the case.

New filing

A new filing creates a brand new case, which is only necessary if the first one was not filed properly. Otherwise, filing the same claim will likely render the same result. However, a new claim that includes documentation that may have been missing, or correcting any incorrect information, may help in reaching a different determination.


In deciding which option to use after a denial, a key consideration is the reason for the denial. That will help to determine the most effective means of seeking an approval. Also, proper evidence and knowledge of the process is important. For this reason, many claimants seek the assistance of an attorney to make sure that their second attempt has the best chances of being successful. 

This is a brief overview of the possible options after an SSD denial. Those considering them should take some time to review the regulations and process to make the best decision for their situation.

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