Social Security has issued a new rule regarding appeals in early August 2011.

You must choose between appealing an unfavorable Administrative Law Judge disability denial to the Appeals Council, or filing a new application.

Before you could both appeal and reapply at the same time.

I would advise most people to do both. This kept your shot at back benefits alive, and started your new application as soon as possible.

Now you must decide what gives you the best chance at winning.

It is pretty difficult to win outright at the Appeals Council level, so you may want to skip it and reapply.

A new application usually gets reviewed faster because the case has been worked up for trial.

However, you must make sure that your date of last insurance allows you to file a new application.

This ruling makes an already complicated area of the law, Social Security Disability, even more complicated.

Questions about your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to call Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.