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Do Most People Have To Go To A Disability Hearing in order to Get Approved For Disability?

It may seem that most people have to go to a disability hearing to get approved for disability, but statistics indicate that more people are approved prior to the disability hearing level. The approval rate for initial disability claims is approximately thirty five percent, which means that thirty-five out of 100 initial disability claim applicants are approved at the first step, which is the disability application.

The approval rate at the reconsideration appeal level is about 15 percent and that means that about 10 more individuals out of the 100 original disability applicants are approved for disability.

So, about forty-five individuals out of every one hundred disability applicants win disability benefits before they could even get to the Social Security disability hearings level. If the remaining 55 individuals appeal their claim, roughly 33 more of these individuals from the starting group of 100 applicants may be approved for disability.

So what does all of this say? That more individuals are approved for disability prior to the disability hearing. However, of all the levels of the disability process the disability hearings level has the highest approval rate. More than forty percent of all individuals who use the appeal process to appeal their disability claim to the administrative law judge hearing level will be approved for disability.

Statistical information also seems to indicate that disability applicants with representation are fifty percent more likely to be approved for disability benefits at the administrative law judge hearing than those who represent themselves at their disability hearing. In fact, the statistics indicate that while only about 40 percent of the disability applicants who represent themselves at their hearing are approved, sixty percent of the disability applicants with representation are approved for disability benefits at their hearing.

It is logical to assume that disability applicants who are represented by disability attorneys and representatives (who are familiar with disability program medical and vocational rules and guidelines) would have a higher approval rate than most average disability applicants who are representing themselves. Most disability applicants know very little about the rules or guidelines that might help them present their disability cases in a manner that would likely result in an awarding of benefits.

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  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    The SSDRC Disability Blog

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Getting disability in North Carolina

    Related pages:

    Will a Social Security Judge give You an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
    Basic Facts about the Administrative Law Judge Social Security Disability Hearing
    Are the Chances of Winning Disability Benefits Higher at a Social Security Hearing with a Judge?
    Winning at a Social Security Disability Hearing
    Social Security Disability Hearings - what to expect
    What happens when you go to a Social Security disability hearing?
    Preparing for a Disability Hearing to Win Social Security or SSI Benefits
    Presenting evidence at a social security disability or SSI hearing
    How Long Does It Take To Get The Results Of A Disability Hearing?
    Do Most People Have To Go To A Disability Hearing in order to Get Approved For Disability?
    Can you be approved for disability without having to go to a hearing?
    Waiting for a Hearing to be Scheduled before an ALJ, Administrative Law Judge
    Vocational expert at a disability hearing - what is this?
    Social Security Disability Hearings - What is the ALJ
    Getting a Disability Lawyer in Alabama
    How long can it take to get disability in Colorado?

    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