The process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can be long and draining. This is one of the many reasons why it can be so disheartening to learn that your claim was denied. Fortunately, this is not the end of the road. You still have the opportunity to appeal your denied claim.

The first answer is not final

Many people in New Jersey are denied during initial or even reconsideration stages when seeking SSDI benefits. Even a minor mistake or a single missed deadline is often all it takes to be denied. A denial does not mean that seeking an appeal is impossible, though. Indeed, many people with some of the following disabilities are able to successfully get the benefits they need after filing an appeal:

  • Anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Back injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Neurological impairments
  • Respiratory illnesses

The different appeals levels

Your case will pass through various levels during the appeals process. The first level is the initial application level, followed by the reconsideration level. This is followed by a hearing with an administrative law judge, a review by the appeals council and finally a U.S. District Court review.

Getting the benefits you deserve is key to living a fulfilling and financially stable life. An initial denial should not distract you from your goal. Instead, consider reaching out to a knowledgeable attorney who is well versed in New Jersey state law, and can help guide you through the process of dealing with a denied claim.