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Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
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What Are the Chances of Winning an SSA Disability Appeal?
The chance of winning a SSA disability appeal depends greatly upon what level of appeal your disability claim is at. Roughly, thirty-five percent of initial SSA disability claims are approved, which means that sixty five percent of all individuals, who apply for Social Security disability, are denied. If an individual decides to pursue disability they should appeal their initial SSA disability denial.
The first level of SSA disability appeal is the reconsideration request appeal, and quite frankly an individualís chance of winning their disability appeal at this level is limited at best. Statistics suggest that only ten to fifteen percent of all reconsideration appeals result in an approval for Social Security disability benefits.
Many wonder why are the approval rates so low at the reconsideration appeal level. Very few initial SSA disability decisions are overturned at the reconsideration level because the same state disability agency makes reconsideration appeal decisions, which, means that the same disability rules and guidelines are used to make a reconsideration appeal decision as an initial disability determination.
The only difference between an initial disability decision and a reconsideration disability appeal decision is that the reconsideration is sent to a different disability examiner. If the initial disability examiner did not make an error according to SSA disability rules and guidelines its unlikely the individual has a good chance of winning their disability appeal.
Truthfully, the request for reconsideration appeal is just a stepping-stone to the more important administrative law judge hearing appeal. Statistics suggest that more than fifty percent of disability claimants win their Social Security disability benefits at this appeal level. Administrative law judges have more flexibility in making their disability determinations than state disability agency examiners, thus more individuals are approved for Social Security disability at this appeal level than any other level of the Social Security disability process.
The chances of winning your disability benefits depend upon your use of the Social Security appeals process, if you follow the process to an administrative law judge hearing your chances of winning Social Security disability benefits are good.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria