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

How Many Disability Hearings are Won?

For individuals who have been denied for disability benefits, the best route to take will be to initiate the appeals process. This begins by filing a request for reconsideration. This first appeal is handled, again, by a disability examiner, and most reconsiderations are denied. However, after a reconsideration denial has been received, a claimant may file a request for hearing before an administrative law judge.

How many hearings are won?

Forty percent of claimants who go to hearings unrepresented will typically win their claims. What is the benefit of representation then? Up to sixty-two percent of claimants who go to hearings with representation will win their claims, which is a fifty percent improvement in the odds of winning versus going to a hearing alone.

Hearings represent the best opportunity for winning disability benefits for those who are not lucky enough to be approved at the initial claim level. However, disability hearings cannot be requested until a disability application has been denied, and a reconsideration appeal has also been denied.

When do you actually get to see a judge for a social security disability or SSI claim? After the hearing request has been made (if you are represented by a lawyer, your lawyer will submit the hearing request and take care of all the hearing related matters that occur along the way such as obtaining a copy of your file and submitting evidence updates), it will usually take many months for the process to play itself.

This means that the hearing request will need to be processed at the local social security office where it was submitted and then it will need to be transferrred to the hearing office that has jurisdiction (hearings offices are known as ODAR, which stands for Office of Disability Adjudication and Review) for the case.

At that point, the case will simply go into a queue waiting to be assigned to an ALJ whose staff will do the workup on the case (marking exhibits for the hearing) and then scheduled as the administrative law judge's schedule permits. All told, it can often take one year or longer to get a hearing date.

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

Related pages:

Will a Social Security Judge give You an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
Basic Facts about the Administrative Law Judge Social Security Disability Hearing
Are the Chances of Winning Disability Benefits Higher at a Social Security Hearing with a Judge?
Winning at a Social Security Disability Hearing
Social Security Disability Hearings - what to expect
What happens when you go to a Social Security disability hearing?
How do I request a social security disability hearing - How do I file?
Requesting a Social Security Hearing when you have a Disability Representative or Attorney
How long does a request for a disability hearing appeal take?
What are the odds of a judge giving you a disability denial?
What is a Social Security administrative law judge disability hearing?
What is the time frame for a judge to make a decision for a disability hearing?
How should I prepare for a disability hearing with Social Security?
What are the questions that get asked at a social security disability or SSI hearing?

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