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What is an on the record decision for a Social Security Disability or SSI case?

"On the record decisions" occur after a request for a hearing before an administrative law judge has been made. And they happen in two basic ways. In some instances, a hearing office staff attorney will initiate an on the record review of a case that is pending a hearing date. In other instances, an attorney or non attorney claimant's representative will request an on the record review.

First off-- What is an on the record decision? Well, there's only kind of on the record decision and that's favorable. If an OTR review is done and no decision is made to pay a claim based on such a review, the hearing request process will continue to move forward, meaning that the claimant will still eventually be granted a hearing date.

Second-- Why are requests for on the record reviews made? When it's fairly apparent, based on a review of medical evidence, that a claimant's condition is disabling according to Social Security eligibility standards.

Favorable decisions that result from on the record reviews are, without question, wonderful news to disability claimants, because, in many cases, they can eliminate months of unnecessary waiting for a disability hearing.

On the flip side, of course, on the record approvals display in full view the failures of SSA when it comes to properly adjudicating disability claims---because if a claimant's case is strong enough to be approved "on the record", why was it denied at the prior level (the first appeal step)?

Definition page for on the record decisions

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

What makes a person eligible for disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
If you are working are you eligible for disability?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
Who is eligible for SSI Disability?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Disability qualifications - Who will qualify is based on functional limitations
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to file for disability and the information needed by Social Security
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI? Part I
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
How long does it take to get disability?
Filing and applying for disability in Texas