I have seen many people who have filed a Social Security Disability Application and who have been denied.

The next thing they did was drop their case by not appealing the denial.

Some time later, 6 months to a year later they decided to reapply for disability benefits.

The problem with this approach is that it reduces the back benefits that might be available to you.

In the long run this loses money for you.

Social Security has a rule that says if you are denied at any stage and you do not appeal, then your back benefits are wiped out.

An example is you apply for Social Security disability on January 1, 2011. You have not worked since January 1, 2010. You are denied on April 1, 2011. You do not appeal. You decide to reapply on December 1, 2011. You are denied again but keep applying and are found disabled on March 1, 2012. Social Security finds you were disabled as of April 2, 2011.

This means you lose your back benefits from January 1, 2010 through April 1, 2011, and you lose an additional 5 months of benefits because of Social Security’s rule against paying for the first five months.

Obviously, there is a big penalty for filing and not following through with your application and appeals.

Have you been denied Social Security Disability benefits? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.