Submitting a Social Security Disability application is not the end of the road for many California residents-less than half of all first time SSD applications are accepted in the first attempt. A denial of SSD claims may seem disheartening but it doesn't have to be, because the Social Security Administration has a comprehensive appeals process that can be utilized to ensure the decision reached is the correct one.
Once the SSA has made a decision on the application, a letter is sent to the applicant explaining the reasons. An appeal may be requested within 60 days of receiving this letter and it must be in writing. There are four levels of appeal.