Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Can I win my disability case ?

This is number six in our list of mistakes not to make on a social security disability or SSI claim. Don't assume that you can't win your disability case.

Many applicants for social security disability or SSI disability benefits give in to the mistaken belief that they cannot win their disability case. Sometimes, this occurs while their case is being processed and they are waiting on a decision (which can often take several months). And very often this occurs after a disability case has been denied.

Of course, this is a normal psychological reaction. However, a claimant should never really assume that they cannot, ultimately, win their disability benefits. And here's why:

1. Statistically, most initial-level social security disability and SSI disability claims get denied. Therefore, you shouldn't worry about too much about being denied at this level. This happens to most applicants. What should a claimant do at this point? File their first appeal.

2. Statistically, most first-level appeals are also denied. In fact, the rate of denial is even higher at the first appeal level and many disability attorneys and representatives will advise their clients to even expect another denial at this level ? What should a claimant do when their first disability appeal has been denied? File their second disability appeal, which is for a disability hearing before an administrative law judge.

At a disability hearing, a large percentage of claims that were denied at the first two steps of the disability process will be approved. For this reason, disability claimants should never assume that they cannot they cannot win benefits and should never give up.

Additional information on Social Security Disability at www.ssdrc.com

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