How Many Times Can You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

denied application for SSD benefitsThe Social Security Administration (SSA) denies many initial applications for disability benefits. This may cause some applicants to consider appealing or applying again. However, they might also wonder if there is a limit on the number of times they can apply.

In this blog, Sigman Janssen answers the question of how many times you can apply for Social Security Disability. We also discuss when it makes sense to file a new application or appeal a denial, and what applicants should know about the appeals process.

Our firm has decades of experience obtaining disability benefits for people in Wisconsin. If you have been denied and are unsure about your eligibility, call our Oshkosh Social Security Disability lawyers today to find out how we may be able to assist you. There are no upfront costs, and the initial legal consultation is free.

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Does the Social Security Administration Limit the Number of Times You Can Apply?

Technically, there is no limit on the number of times you can apply for benefits. However, appealing a denied application is often better than reapplying. There is no point in continuing to reapply with the same information you included in your previous applications. There is little chance these applications are going to be approved.

Reapplying usually only makes sense if there has been a significant change in your health or you have additional medical evidence that can strengthen your claim. If you have gone through all levels of appeal without success and your medical condition has significantly changed, starting fresh with a new application might be a good decision. Otherwise, it is probably better to appeal your denied claim, as you may have a better chance of success.

That said, each situation is different, and applicants should speak to an experienced lawyer to review their options. Call Sigman Janssen to learn more about how we may be able to help.

We can review the reasons why your application was denied, identify areas where your application could be improved and recommend what to do next. We have helped many people with disabilities successfully appeal their denied applications.

Does Applying Multiple Times Hurt Your Chances?

A common concern among applicants is whether multiple applications or appeals can negatively affect their chances of eventually receiving SSDI benefits. It is crucial to understand that each application or appeal is evaluated on its own merits, based on the evidence and documentation provided.

Appeals demonstrate persistence: Rather than hurting your chances, persistently appealing with additional evidence or clarification can demonstrate your commitment to proving your disability and need for benefits.

Success in appeals often depends on strengthening your case with comprehensive medical evidence, detailed documentation of your work history, and clarifications addressing any gaps or questions from your initial application.

Sigman Janssen has assisted countless applicants, and we know how to strengthen a denied application. Without an attorney’s help, you risk missing important details that could be the difference in your application being approved.

Is There a Limit on the Number of Times You Can Appeal a Denied Claim?

It is important to understand that an appeal is a process with multiple steps. If the first step in an appeal is unsuccessful, you can proceed to the next step.

The first step is a Request for Reconsideration, followed by a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge and then a review by the Appeals Council. The last step is a review by a federal court, but it is highly unlikely for an application to reach this stage.

If your appeal reaches the last step and is unsuccessful, you would still be within your rights to apply again, and if your application is denied, you could appeal. However, this scenario is highly unlikely.

What Should I Do if My Application Is Denied?

It is crucial to understand why your application was denied. This information is key to determining whether to file a new application or pursue an appeal. Often, the denial letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will provide insights into what information was lacking or what criteria were not met.

However, reviewing the denial letter on your own is a bad idea. You should consult a lawyer who has worked on these cases many times before.

The attorneys at Sigman Janssen can explain your options for seeking disability benefits based on a review of your denial letter and application.

Sigman Janssen Helps Social Security Disability Applicants Secure Benefits. Call Today

If you try to navigate the application or appeals process on your own, you are likely to face numerous challenges and setbacks.

However, there is another way that will be a lot less stressful for you – hiring an experienced lawyer who can navigate this complex process on your behalf.

Whether you are working on an initial application, contemplating an appeal, or considering a new application, Sigman Janssen is here to help.

Learn more about our services by calling (877) 888-5201 or completing a free case evaluation form.