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What options do I have when my application has been denied?

Social Security Disability Insurance is an important source of support for men, women, and children who cannot work or provide for their own needs. Many New Yorkers receive this important form of support to help them lead productive and independent lives. Applications for Social Security Disability Insurance often include a great deal of information and evidence regarding applicants' medical conditions and disabilities and are reviewed by individuals who work for the Social Security Administration.

Some disability benefits' applications are approved on their first review, but unfortunately many qualifying applications are not. When an applicant receives notice that their request for disability benefits has been denied, they have 60 days to file for a reconsideration of their application. The reconsideration process ensure that the applicant's paperwork is looked at a second time by a person who was not involved in the first review and may include any new evidence that they applicant wishes to submit.

If an application is not approved during the reconsideration process, the applicant may choose to advance it through the appeals process. Beyond reconsideration there are 3 additional levels of review that may be undertaken to allow individuals to fight for the disability benefits that they need and deserve.

Applicants for disability benefits like Social Security Disability Insurance do not have to fight for what they need on their own. The laws surrounding disability benefits can be complex and legal advisors can provide important assistance to those who need disability benefits to get by. Individuals who are preparing to appeal their application denials may wish to reach out to local attorneys for help with their legal matters.

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