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What is an on the record decision for a Social Security Disability or SSI case?



 
"On the record decisions" occur after a request for a hearing before an administrative law judge has been made. And they happen in two basic ways. In some instances, a hearing office staff attorney will initiate an on the record review of a case that is pending a hearing date. In other instances, an attorney or non attorney claimant's representative will request an on the record review.

First off-- What is an on the record decision? Well, there's only kind of on the record decision and that's favorable. If an OTR review is done and no decision is made to pay a claim based on such a review, the hearing request process will continue to move forward, meaning that the claimant will still eventually be granted a hearing date.

Second-- Why are requests for on the record reviews made? When it's fairly apparent, based on a review of medical evidence, that a claimant's condition is disabling according to Social Security eligibility standards.

Favorable decisions that result from on the record reviews are, without question, wonderful news to disability claimants, because, in many cases, they can eliminate months of unnecessary waiting for a disability hearing.



On the flip side, of course, on the record approvals display in full view the failures of SSA when it comes to properly adjudicating disability claims---because if a claimant's case is strong enough to be approved "on the record", why was it denied at the prior level (the first appeal step)?

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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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