- Appeal any
Receiving a denial from SSA can be devastating if you are disabled.
Your ability to provide for yourself and your family has been
compromised. Then, when you attempt to collect benefits from the system
you have paid into, you are denied. It is very easy to give up hope
and just stop. However, you should understand that it is not unusual to
be denied at the initial and/or reconsideration level. Nationally,
only about 25%-45% of cases are approved at the initial and
reconsideration level combined. However, over 50% of cases are approved
at the hearing level, and people with attorneys do even better. If you
are disabled, you should never give up. If you fail to make all of
your appeals, you will limit your ability to appeal to federal court and
could ultimately cost yourself thousands of dollars if you have to do a
new application. Retroactive benefits are limited.