How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Will I get SSI the first time I file?

Many people think that there is no chance of being approved for SSI or SSDI the first time they file. While it is true that more disability applicants are denied than approved at this level, depending on the state in which a person resides between 25-30 percent of those who file for disability are approved the first time they file.

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In order for an individual to be approved for disability the first time they file, they most likely have a disabling condition that meets or equals an impairment listing or their condition should so severe that it results in physical and/or mental limitations that clearly prevents any kind of substantial work activity. This is with regard to the work they have done in the past, and is also with regard to other types of work that Social Security might otherwise consider them eligible to perform based on age, education, limitations, and work skills.

While many disabled individuals have the medical evidence to support a finding of disabled, more than 60% of those who file do not.

If you are not approved for SSI or SSDI the first time, you should file an appeal of the initial disability decision. An appeal gets your claim to the next step where it can be evaluated again. However, it also does something else that many people do not consider.

Appealing and disability back pay

Filing a disability appeal protects your date of filing which in turn protects your potential back payment of disability benefits. Do not be discouraged with your reconsideration appeal as this level of the Social Security Disability process has the most dismal approval rate of all. Only about 12-14% of the disability applicants who file reconsideration appeals will have their initial disability decision reversed to an approval.

If your reconsideration is denied you should file for an administrative law judge hearing. Though approval rates at hearings vary by year and by state, Social Security ALJs, or administrative law judges, approve about 41% of their disability claims; consequently they provide the best odds of getting SSI or SSDI benefits approved.

Essential Questions

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Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

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Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

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Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

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Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

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Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?
Maximum back pay you can get from Social Security Disability or SSI
How to qualify for disability
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
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?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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