After a close friend of mine suffered a catastrophic, tragic injury in a car wreck, she became a quadriplegic. She lost her ability to work (she was a bartender) and has astronomical medical bills. After going through the arduous process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits, her claim was denied despite her obvious disability and inability to work. It was an incredibly frustrating ordeal, but she appealed the denial and eventually landed her much-needed benefits. Being denied in your initial application for a disability benefit claim can be heartbreaking, but these cases are often appealed in court. Most disability claims often result in denials, and depending on the place where the victim lives (like at San Antonio, Texas) denial rates are nearly 65 percent, with first applications’ denial rate being 85 percent. Although it may not be necessary to have a lawyer when you request an appeal for your denied claim, it would be beneficial since they understand the system and know how to proceed. Generally, denial notices from the Social Security Administration will inform you of important information necessary to help you know how to go about requesting a Social Security appeal. First, the notice will contain the short explanation of your medical situation, the impairments/medical/non medical records which were all considered, and most especially the reason for the denial of the claim. If these notices did not come with a rationale detailing the reason for the denial, you can ask for them at the Social Security office so that you and your lawyer can review your claim. Some reasons why these claims are denied are because you may seem fit to perform other jobs that you had before the disability or medical explanations about your physical health which can still affect your employment options. Being denied of your Social Security disability claim does not mean you are fit to go to work or you are not disabled. Denials often occur because the Social Security Administration sees lack of medical evidence to support your claims. Generally, denied disability claims are frequent, they are often appealed and are more prone to having successful results than having to reapply again. The sooner you appeal a denied Social Security claim, the faster you will have you disability claim approved.