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

Social Security On The Record Disability Decisions

An on the record disability decision is made by an administrative law judge, generally at the request of an individual’s social security representative, who may be a disability lawyer or a non-attorney representative.

On the record disability decisions must be fully favorable to the disability applicant. In other words, if the decision cannot be made in a fully favorable way (fully favorable means that the judge accepts the onset date alleged by the claimant at the time of filing a disability application), then the claimant is entitled to have their case considered at a social security hearing.

Note: “On the record” simply means the disability decision is being made on the evidence currently in the disability case file.

Disability claims that are straightforward have the best chance of receiving an on the record decision. A strong disability case must be documented with good quality medical evidence and a concise evaluation of the applicant’s functional limitations. To be considered a good candidate for an on the record decision a disability case must clearly show that the five step Social Security sequential evaluation process would produce a finding of disability.

Social Security administrative law judges are increasingly pressured to reduce their caseloads and on the record decisions are becoming more common. If fully favorable decisions can be made without a formal hearings it saves time and money for Social Security, while getting much needed monetary benefits to disabled beneficiaries sooner.

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

Related pages:

How long does it take to get a decision on Social Security disability or SSI?
What kind of Final Decision can I receive on my Disability Application?
How are Decisions on SSDI and SSI Disability Claims made by SSA?
How the Decision on a Disability Application or Appeal is Made
Who Makes The Social Security Disability Decision, A Judge Or A Caseworker?
How long does the Social Security judge take to make a decision on a case?
Will an SSI or Social Security Exam help with the Decision?
Can you get a Social Security Disability decision in under a month?
Still Waiting For My Social Security Disability Decision
The average amount of time it takes for a disability decision
Social Security Disability, SSI Decisions – What Is the Rate of Approval?
Social Security On The Record Disability Decisions

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

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria