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Working and Disability

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What is a disability?

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If I file a Disability Appeal, what is my chance of winning?

Over 2 million individuals file for Social Security disability and/or Supplemental Security Income disability each year.

Social Security approves about thirty-five percent of those disability claims at the initial disability claim level and that means that about sixty-five percent of all individuals who file for disability each year will have to use the Social Security appeal process if they hope to win their disability benefits.

If an individual decides to pursue their disability claim, their first appeal level will be a request for reconsideration appeal. This appeal is basically an update of the information provided at the initial disability application.

Reconsideration appeals are sent to the same state disability agency as initial disability claims. Each Reconsideration is reviewed by a different disability examiner than the one who made the initial disability determination. However, reconsideration appeal determinations are made using the same rules and guidelines that governed the initial disability claim decision.

This fact is evidenced by the low percentage of reconsideration appeals that become disability approvals. Current statistics indicate that only about fifteen percent of all reconsideration appeals result in disability benefits being awarded.

Since there are so few disability approvals at the reconsideration level, Social Security has considered doing away with the reconsideration appeal completely. In fact, there are ten states that currently do not use reconsideration appeals.

The point of this discussion about reconsideration appeal denial rates is to show disability applicants that they are likely to be denied at the initial and reconsideration appeals levels, consequently it is easy to become discouraged. The majorith of claimants have to pursue their disability claim to an administrative law judge disability hearing for the best chance of being approved for disability benefits. However, this cannot be done without following the appeal process.

In recent times, of all of the initial applicants who filed each year, only about 500,000 will have pursued the disability claim to a social security disability hearing. This is unfortunate; because about sixty six percent of all disability applicants who attend their administrative law judge hearing win their disability benefits.

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

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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

How to check the status of my Social Security disability claim
To qualify for disability, what to prove
Preparation to win a disability hearing
Social Security Disability lawyers FAQ
How Much Income Can you Earn If you draw Social Security Disability?
What does Social Security Disability SSI pay, how much?
Social Security Disability Maximum back pay
Social Security Disability Claims and Medical Exams
What is qualifying for disability benefits based on?
Partial Social Security Disability SSI benefits
Filing for disability and financial help
Getting approved after a Social Security Disability Psychological exam
How long does it take to receive disability benefits after you are approved?
Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?
Applying for Disability or SSI - How long does it take
Can you work if you get Social Security Disability?
Am I eligible to receive disability benefits?
What medical disabilities, conditions qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to get disability for degenerative disc disease
What mental problems qualify for disability?
Conditions that get approved for disability