Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Social Security Disability and SSI Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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The Social Security Disability Approval
The most difficult part of the disability approval process is the length of time it may take to attain a Social Security disability allowance.
Statistics across the nation suggest that roughly 30 percent of all disability claims are allowed at the initial level and about 15 percent are allowed on the reconsideration level, which means that about forty five percent are allowed in the first two levels of the disability process.
Do not be discouraged if you are not allowed at the first two levels because your chances of winning a disability approval at the social security hearing level are good.
It has been estimated that, of the claims that are received at the ALJ (administrative law judge) hearing level, sixty percent with representation win, while forty percent of the disability claims without representation win.
It would be safe to say that about 70-75 percent of all disability claims that go through the entire disability process from initial claim to hearings level are "eventually" approved.
The implicit assumption, of course, in being approved is that one must persevere and that means filing all available appeals, most specifically the request for reconsideration (following an initial claim denial) and the request for hearing (following a denial on a request for reconsideration).
The entire disability process, including the filing of appeals, may take more than eighteen months in some cases, or more than three years in others (generally if the claim involves a hearing before a judge), depending on the backlog of disability claims in your specific state.
Once you are approved, you will receive letters from Social Security informing you of your Social Security disability approval and what your disability benefit amount will be.
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