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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.

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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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