Such a high percentage of those who file a Social Security Disability claim are denied the first and even the second time. Do not get discouraged. You need to appeal if you feel you have a legitimate claim. A denial means that the lower level decision makers feel that there is not enough evidence on the record to award benefits. If you are truly unable to work, it may simply be a matter of gathering more records or having your treating physician fill out one of our forms that may make your claim more clear. Even then, it may mean that we have to plead your case before an Administrative Law Judge.