What do you do if your Social Security application meets with denial? The answer is different for everybody.
However, there is one thing you should probably not do. Do not give up until you have an opportunity to confirm what is happening in your unique situation. Of course, it helps to have context, too. To understand what is happening in the Social Security Administration, take a look at this information about OASDI benefits awarded to injured workers.
The rate of first denials
As per the SSA, you are more likely to receive a denial than an acceptance when you apply for Social Security Disability OASDI benefits. On average, your SSD application is only about 36 percent likely to result in an award.
This might seem troubling, but there are many reasons that the SSA denies applications. These reasons might not apply to your case. In fact, you would be in a very small percentage of injured workers if you received an award — historically around 5 per 1000.
What the numbers mean
These numbers tell you two important things. First of all, an extremely small percentage of people even apply for the benefits you applied for. Secondly, only about one third of your fellow applicants receive those benefits.
If you want to be in the category of people who receive the award, it is important to understand your situation and the rules of the SSA. This can be complex, especially when you could have a variety of ways to file for a specific injury. Further, it is possible that the SSA simply does not understand your condition, and that you would receive benefits if you could impart that understanding.
Overall, there is no single right way to apply for Social Security benefits after a denial. You would probably want to take a look at your exact case and then work from there.