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My Social Security disability claim was denied. What do I do now?

After your Social Security disability claim is denied, you need to talk to a professional and get in as soon as possible because time is of the essence. It's jurisdictional. If you wait longer than 60 days to file your request for reconsideration or your request for hearing you may be denied. There may be extenuating circumstances, but it really hamstrings you because every minute that your claim isn't properly pending is money that you're losing by not having it properly filed and properly dated. A lot of times people will file their claims and say they're disabled, as the day that they're filing not knowing they can go back a year and even 18 months or further, not much further hopefully to get their claim adjudicated and it's important to have somebody to talk to to figure out when exactly you became unable to work and to engage in what's known as SGA, or the Substantial Gainful Activity. So that's the kind of thing you might want to consult a professional about because each case is different and you may not know what the law, or what the rules are.