Social Security Disability Resource Center

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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.

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    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    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

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

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    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?
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    Will I qualify for disability in Missouri?

    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