Answered on Jun 01st, 2013 at 8:28 PM
Depending on the state that you live in, the percentage of applicants that are turned down the first time is quite high, so if you are disabled it is good to appeal right away to keep your claim alive.
Yours is a story I hear I often -- I was on SSDI (or SSI) but was terminated due to confinement. When I applied again, I was turned down. What gives? SSA said before I was disabled, now I'm not? Why?
The problem may be your medical records. Have you had continuous medical treatment to document your medical condition that disables you? Does SSA have that medical information?
Another problem may be your medical condition improved or you worked.
However, the bottom line is when you had to file that new application, SSA doesn't automatically grant benefits just because you had them before. This is a fresh, clean look at you and you have to measure up to all the requirements.
You may want to consider consulting with a lawyer in your area that does this type of work.
No attorney-client relationship has been established because of the information provided. Seek local counsel to address your particular facts. MJHJ