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Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Do you have to see a judge to get disability benefits?




 
The answer to this question is "not necessarily". There are estimates which suggest that approximately thirty percent of all initial claims are allowed (approved) nationwide.

If your claim is denied at the initial claim level, you may file for a reconsideration of the initial disability determination. Approximately ten to fifteen percent of initial medical determinations are reversed to an allowance at the reconsideration appeal level. Of course, if you are allowed at either the initial or reconsideration level you will not see a judge (Administrative law judge or ALJ).

The third step in the disability process (which is also the second appeal level) is known as the hearings appeal, and it is at this time that you will have a chance to present your disability case in person to an administrative law judge.

It is advisable for you to attend your hearing in person and you might want to consider a representative (an attorney or non-attorney) to help you present your disability case to the ALJ.

Of course you can represent yourself. Statistically, though, it appears that individuals with representation are more likely to receive a medical allowance for Social Security disability or SSI disability benefits at this level.








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Related pages:

Social Security Disability and Going In Front Of A Judge - What Happens?
Do Most People Need To See A Judge To Get Disability Benefits From Social Security?
Can you still Appeal if the Judge denies your Disability Claim?
Is An ALJ (Administrative Law Judge) More Likely To Grant A Claim For Social Security Disability or SSI?
How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability Benefits?
Does The Social Security Judge Use The Same Rules As The Disability Examiner?
How do I see a judge for my social security disability case or SSI Claim?
Do you have to see a judge to get disability benefits?
When do you see a judge for a social security disability or SSI claim?
What Percentage Of Social Security Disability or SSI Cases Does A Judge Deny?
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?
What medical conditions get you approved for 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 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