If the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied my claim for disability benefits, what should I do next?
When a claimant files a Social Security disability claim, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will carefully review the claim. Once the SSA makes a decision on the claim, they will notify the claimant with their decision. The SSA will either approve the claim or deny the claim.
If your claim has been denied and you disagree with the denial, you may appeal that decision. Appealing the claim means that you are asking the SSA to take another look at your claim to make sure they have not inappropriately denied your claim. The SSA will review all parts of your claim including parts of it that they were in your favor. The SSA will notify you again of their decision.
Depending on what stage of the process you are in, you may file a “Request for Reconsideration” or “Request for a Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge”.