Many people are denied SSI benefits when they first apply. Disability Determination Services reports that, nationally, 62% of the original applications are denied. Some of the initial denials are overturned through the appeals process. Four levels of appeals are available.
Most people who appeal are granted reversals at the first and second levels of appeal. Before appealing, make sure that the basic financial eligibility requirements are met. If financial eligibility is met and the disability limits or restricts the ability to work, it is advantageous to appeal. As the above statistics indicate, a new decision at appeal levels 1-3 can result in a favorable decision.