Did you know that approximately 90% of all initial applications for social security disability benefits are rejected by the Social Security Administration? Initial applications are reviewed by employees of Social Security, but not by a Social Security judge. Once an applicant receives a denial of benefits from Social Security, he or she has 60 days to appeal the decision. This must be done in writing, and the applicant must request a hearing before a Social Security judge. At this point it is wise to retain an attorney to represent you in your appeal. 60% of those applicants who retain an attorney to represent them on appeal are eventually awarded social security disability benefits by a social security judge.