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The appeal process has several stages and could last a year or more. Yes, you can actually prevail as do most people during the appeal process:
(1) After your initial application is denied;
(2) You would be given opportunity to ask for review. New updated disability report should be completed as part of this request for review. You could be turned down by the reviewing officer on your second go at it;
(3) You would be given another opportunity to appeal, this time to the Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ"). This is where most people get approved for benefits. It could take up to a year for your case to be resolved.
(4) In the unfortunate event that the decision goes against you, you have two more shots at it: (a) Review by Appeals Council, and (b) Federal Court Review. So there is hope that you may ultimately prevail. Click below for more information on the appeals process: