Social Security Disability Resource Center
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Chances of winning Social Security Disability
In general, individuals who file for SSI or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance benefits) have a less than 30 percent chance of being approved on a disability application. In recent years, that figure has dropped to as low as 23 percent. If you live in a state where the first appeal is a reconsideration, then the approval rate is also very low, usually less than 15 percent and even as low as 10 percent.
Many people who file disability claims with the Social Security administration find that they must attend a hearing before an administrative law judge if they feel their disability claim has been denied erroneously at the initial disability application and reconsideration appeal levels. The disability appeal process is a lengthy one at best, and the wait for an administrative law judge hearing is a big part of the wait.
How long is the wait? It can be as long as two years from the time a hearing request is made. However, if a person is represented at a hearing, they usually stand better than a fifty percent chance of being approved. If they have well-developed medical records and a good detailed statement from a doctor, this significantly improves their chances. Not least, of course, is the benefit of age. Those age 50 or over stand a statistically better chance because SSD and SSI rules favor older individuals. That said, younger individuals routinely win cases if the case is strong.
Why is the wait for a hearing so long? Most Social Security hearings offices are backlogged with thousands of disability claims waiting for their hearing dates. Roughly two million people file for disability each year and if even half of those individuals pursue their claims to a hearing, you can easily see how backlogs have been created and how digging out from such huge backlogs can be problematic, particularly when SSA is receiving so many new hearings appeals each year.
But, since the chance of winning is significant, provided the case is strong, well-developed, and well presented, if you are not able to work because of your disabling condition, it is best to be patient and wait for your social security hearing.
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
Medical exams for disability claims
Applying for Disability in various states
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
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits
FAQ on Disability Claim Representation
Disability hearings before Judges
Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers
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
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
Resources on this site
Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
About the Author of SSDRC, Tim Moore
For Individuals living in North Carolina
Applying for Disability in North Carolina
North Carolina Disability Lawyer
How many cases are approved at the Disability Application level?
How do you find out if a Social Security disability application has been approved
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?
Can you be approved for disability without having to go to a hearing?
Does Social Security approve a disability application the first time?
Why does it take so long to wait for a disability hearing
How long is the wait for a disability judge hearing?
If you apply for disability in Washington
Getting a Disability Lawyer in Washington
Disability Benefits in Washington
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
Partial disability benefits from Social Security
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?