If your Social Security disability appeal hearing was not successful, don’t give up hope. We have heard from many readers who were in this situation and eventually did go on to get approved.
After a hearing denial, most people have two options: You can request a review by an Appeals Council or you can start a new application.
Which Option Is Best?
This is (obviously) quite an important decision. There are a lot of intricate pieces to consider. It is a good idea to discuss this choice with your lawyer, but there are some factors in your life that only you know, so it may be helpful to learn as much as possible yourself, too. Here is a detailed run down of how each option works: How to Decide Between Appeals Council and New Application
How Can I Improve My Chances at Appeals Council?
How Can I Improve My Chances for a New Application?
Can I Do Both?
In some very special and rare circumstances there is a third option where are you can start a new application and go to appeals council at the same time. Learn more about secret option three.
Special Circumstances – Expired Work Credits
If you are applying for SSDI and it has been some time since you last worked, your work credits may have expired. This is also called “Date Last Insured.” When this happens, you may want (or need) to keep appealing instead of starting a new application. If you don’t know what this means, don’t worry. It is all explained here: Did Your Work Credits Expire While You Were Applying?
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