Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Your case may be decided quickly or take a long, so prepare for the worst

I mention on this site that you should never believe the SSA claims rep (the person who takes your application) that you will receive a decision in 120 days. Yes, it may happen in that span of time. And most of the time, it usually does. It may even happen sooner. may also happen much much later.

So, by all means, do not make any financial plans based on what your local social security field or district office tells you. Because they just don't know. And even the examiner who processes your case at whatever state agency is used by SSA to make medical determations (usually, the state agency is known as DDS, or disability determination services) won't know when he/she will be done with a particular case---until the day the case is finished.

How many social security disability or SSI claims are won at application? According to recent federal statistics (from fiscal year 2003), only about 23% of initial disability claims were won. At the first appeal step, the stats were even more dismal: only 12.3% of cases were won.

Should you get really depressed over this? Not really. As I mentioned in a prior post, at the hearing level (this is a national statistic), social security disability claimants with representation have a 63.6% chance of winning benefits (without representation, the figure drops to 40.1%).

So, if you get denied on a claim, don't give up. APPEAL. And if you get denied again, file another appeal and get your case before a judge.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
Disability requirements and how to file in California
Partial disability benefits
How to File for SSI
How long does it take to get a disability approval letter?
Applying for disability, medical conditions
What to expect at a Social Security Disability medical exam
Will Social Security contact me about my Disability Hearing?
How many disability applications are approved?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives