Social Security Disability benefits exist to assist individuals who are unable to work due to a long-term or permanent disability. And since everyone pays into this program, it’s understandably frustrating if you apply for these benefits, yet get denied by the Social Security Administration. But the fact is, approximately 70 percent of applicant are initially denied – and a good number of those have legitimate claims.
Fortunately, there are still options available if you are one of the large number of applicants that get denied on your first filing. But the next step that you take is crucial to whether or not you will end up with benefits. The fact is, nearly 50 percent of all applicants eventually do get the benefits they deserve – meaning an additional 20 percent that were initially denied still do get help in the end.
Appealing a Social Security Denial vs Filing a New Claim
If your social security disability application is denied, the first thing you should do is contact a professional social security disability lawyer. They will be able to point you in the right direction to make sure there are no missteps – and with firms such as Tabak Law, there are no up-front fees, meaning contacting a professional has no risk involved.
It is always better to appeal a social security denial vs filing a new claim. The main reason for this is because your protected filing date will be connected to your initial claim. If you are later approved for benefits, they will be provided back to your filing date. If you file a new claim, the process starts over and you will lose out on any benefits during the time period between filing dates.
The mistake of filing a new claim vs appealing the initial claim often happens because people uncover new evidence to assist with their claim and feel they need to restart the process using this information. This is not the case, as any additional information can be added to an appeal, and is actually the basis for a strong appeal (which has a good chance of going through).
The only time a new claim would truly need to be filed is if you have missed the window of time for the appeal process. In this scenario, you still have options, but a social security disability lawyer would again be your first call for options.
In short, there is no benefit to filing a new social security disability claim unless you absolutely have to. And contacting a lawyer is not only risk-free, but can save you a lot of time. Due to their expertise, professional attorneys can often quickly find the missing pieces that the Social Security Administration is looking for in order to approve a claim. In many cases, the appeals process can be relatively painless, with some quick adjustments from a professional helping the appeal go through.
At Tabak Law, we have been helping individuals get the benefits they deserve for years – and have an impressive success rate. We also don’t charge any fees unless you win, so there is no risk in having us assess your case. Don’t hesitate to call us today – there’s a good chance your benefits are closer than you think.