Filed a SSDI claim in August 2018. A few days ago I logged into SSA and read, "Benefit Application Under Review. A medical decision has been made and we are working to process your benefit application. A Social Security Representative may contact you directly if we need any additional documents or information." After reading a lot of reviews on this site - and others - I thought it was going to be an approval - I received a denial letter within a few days of seeing that update on the SSA website.
I also used counsel from out-of-state and that might have been a big error. I thought my case was a sure thing because I applied for SSDI in 2008 and was approved first time. In 2014, I then told VA I no longer wanted to accept monetary reimbursements for my injuries and within months the SS office setup an appointment to be re-evaluated and they said I was no longer disabled. Tried working but I couldn't hold any jobs for more than 1-3 months due to all my physical problems and the PTSD issues. I re-applied for VA in 2015 - they re-evaulated me, rated me back at 100% p/t and started financially reimbursing me. I re-applied for SSDI in Aug. 2018 and was just denied. Thoughts?
1) Have your attorney explain to you why the ALJ denied your claim.
2) You can appeal the denial within 65 days of the date on the decision online at the SSA.gov -> disability -> appeal ALJ decision.
I agree with the prior answer. In addition, I almost always suggest retaining a local attorney with whom you can meet in person and who knows the local judges.
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You need to timely appeal the denial. Denials are not that unusual. You should review the matter with your attorney. I agree with the other answers as well.
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