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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.









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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

    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






    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer




    Related pages:

    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?