Social Security Disability Benefits: 4 Ways You Can Appeal a Denial

Source: Social Security Administration.

Social Security disability benefits help millions of people cope with being unable to work. Yet many people are initially denied in their claims for disability benefits. Fortunately, there are ways you can appeal an adverse decision.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, looks at the four stages of appeals for Social Security disability benefits. Dan goes through each, noting that for many of the stages, you can handle your claim yourself either in person or by electronic submissions over the Internet. Although some of the appeals process is handled within the Social Security Administration apparatus, you can eventually appeal to a federal district court judge, although there, attorney assistance is greatly recommended. Appealing is no guarantee that you'll get disability benefits, but it ensures that any inadvertent mistakes are corrected quickly and efficiently.

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  • Report this Comment On July 20, 2014, at 12:46 PM, clchapman wrote:

    After doing a lot of reading and looking into

    As bad as I hate to say it is do not even try to get it in your own. Just hire an attorney that deals with SS and disability

    They know all the little loop holes and the ends and outs of what they can do

    SS determines the amount they can receive for filing your claim so you are not out a ton of money

    It took me only 4 months to get mine and that is from the day I filed with an attorney

    I know others that are still waiting and it has been two years or more

    I received several thousand in back pay from SS but the attorney only got 450.00 of it

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2014, at 5:48 PM, calebhart54 wrote:

    Times are tough and every penny counts. A lot of people believe that social security is to replace their retirement, when in all actuality it is only to supplement it. If you're not getting your social security in the amount that you want, I've always said it might be a good idea to hire an attorney. They know a lot more than the average person, and they almost always pay for themselves.

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Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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