So, to address the question, are most disability claims denied? Yes, the rates of approval and denial vary by state, but it has always been fairly accurate to say that, on a national basis, about seven out of 10 initial claims are denied. Why are so many claims at the disability application level denied? There are many answers to this question. And you could go on for quite a while discussing the various reasons.
However, I like to focus on the fact that most claims are denied initially, an even higher percentage are denied at the first appeal level (the request for reconsideration appeal), and then, suddenly, at the disability hearing level, the odds tilt in the claimant's favor. And there are various reasons one could entertain as to why hearings are more successful, particularly for claimants who have representation provided by a disability attorney or non-attorney disability representative. But...to some extent those reasons are rationalizations. The bald truth is that the disability system is biased and titled against claimants. Purposeful or not, it is set up in such a way that those who start the process have an unfavorable chance of winning, while those persist and file appeals see their chances for approval rise significantly.
And this is why my advice has always been this: if you have a physical condition or mental condition that impairs your ability to work, and your current earnings are below the SGA limit, apply for disability. If you get denied for disability, file an appeal. If you get denied on this first appeal, file a request for a hearing. And absolutely, by this time, make sure you have a disability lawyer or a disability representative assisting you so you can maximize your chances of winning benefits.
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Social Security Disability Questions
- Who is the DDS Doctor, i.e. the Social Security Doctor?
- Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
- Receiving Disability Benefits from Social Security is harder at the first two levels than at a Hearing
- What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
- What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
- Insured Status is What Makes SSDI and SSI Different From Each Other
- Proving a Social Security Disability Case Often Means Getting a Statement from Your Doctor
- How much does Disability Pay?
- What Benefits come with SSI?
- What are Social Security Disability and SSI Concurrent Benefits?
- How Does Social Security Decide How Much I Get For Social Security Disability or SSI?
- What makes you entitled to receive disability benefits under SSI or SSD?
- How Disabled Do You Have To Be To Collect Social Security Disability or SSI?
- Inability to Work and Eligibility for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits
- Social Security Disability Medical Evaluation Form, Can A Doctor Be Forced to Complete One?
- How Disabling Does A Condition Have To Be For Social Security Disability, SSDI Benefits?
- What are the Odds or Chances of Being Approved for Disability?
- What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
- Proving Functional Limitations and why this is Important on a Disability Case
- Social Security Disability, SSI, and Residual Functional Capacity, RFC
- Should you get a Statement from a Personal Physician for your SSD or SSI Disability Case?
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