How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay
Applying for disability in your state
Filing for disability benefits under the SSD (Social Security Disability) or SSI program is often a difficult proposition, mainly because initial claims (disability applications) are very likely to be denied regardless of one's state of residence.
Not only that, the first appeal, the request for reconsideration, involves denial rates that are generally higher than 80 percent. Again, this is regardless of one's state of residence and has tended to be true in every state over the course of the last three decades.
The nature of the Social Security Disability and SSI claim process is simply that, while a few claims will be awarded at the disability application level, the great majority of applicants will be forced to file at least two appeals (the request for a reconsideration which is usually denied, and the request for a disability hearing).
Fortunately, individuals who do not give up and continue the process as far as the hearing level will, statistically, stand a very good chance of approval. Unfortunately, though, as a result of how long it may take to eventually be awarded benefits, most claimants will endure a fair amount of financial distress.
The position of this website has always been that learning more about how the disability system works can help applicants avoid simple mistakes that may add unnecessary processing time to their cases, and in many instances, assist them in winning their claims. The following sections provide information, divided by state, for this purpose.
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.
To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.