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If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
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Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
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Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
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Social Security Disability Status
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Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Does The Social Security Reconsideration Take as Long As The Disability Application?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
If your disability claim has been denied and you are considering a reconsideration request (the first appeal), but you are not sure if you want to complete the reconsideration appeal--possibly because the disability application took so long to complete and you did not receive your decision for months--you should not be as concerned with the time issue when filing your reconsideration appeal. Reconsideration appeal paperwork is easier to complete than initial disability application paperwork.
You can complete it online if you wish rather than fill out paper forms (if you decide to handle things online at the social security website, be sure to complete your online disability report and return your signed medical release to your local office).
Generally, reconsideration appeals do not take as much time to develop since they are basically just an update of the initial disability claim (i.e. disabilit application) information. Disability examiners usually take far less time to make their decision on reconsideration appeals, because they use the information from the first disability claim and compare it with any of the new information acquired in the appeal process to make their decision.
Unfortunately, reconsideration appeals have a very low approval rate according to national averages. The national approval average for reconsideration appeals is about ten to fifteen percent. The percentage is so low because the reconsideration appeal is sent back to the same state disability agency (disability determination services) for a decision; the only difference is that it goes to a different disability examiner. The disability rules and guidelines are the same, so unless there was an error on the initial disability decision, it is very unlikely that the medical decision will be overturned at the reconsideration appeal.
The real importance of a reconsideration appeal for most individuals is that it is a step on the way to a disability hearing with an administrative law judge. Disability hearings result in an approval for about sixty-six percent of the disability applicants who file a request for a hearing appeal, so it is worth the time it takes to do the reconsideration appeal just to get to a disability hearing.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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