Do not be alarmed – or surprised – if you receive a letter from Social Security informing you that have been found “not disabled” under the program rules and not eligible for benefits. Nationally over 60% of people who file Social Security disability applications are denied upon their initial application. However, if you are unable to work because of your disability, it is important not to give up – you have the right to appeal and you should.
The Appeal Process
An appeal may be filed within 60 days of the date you receive the denial letter. Representation on this appeal, though not required, may improve your chances. If a second appeal is necessary, as it is for most people, you will appear at a hearing before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge and for the first time the person making the decision will see and hear directly from you. It is highly recommended that you be represented by an experienced attorney at this Hearing stage of the process, even if you have not been represented at the earlier steps.