SSA has a track record of denying benefits on the first application and there have been numerous suits over these denials. What I have found generally is the only way to get them to move is to hire an attorney who specializes in SS law and appeals. The attorney's fees are generally paid entirely by SS, sometimes they may take a small percentage of the benefits, but they usually are able to get the appeals granted and benefits reinstated and unfortunately, this has become almost a necessity when dealing with SSA.
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