The Social Security Disability Approval

The most difficult part of the disability approval process is the length of time it may take to attain a Social Security Disability allowance.

Statistics across the nation suggest that roughly 30 percent of all disability claims are allowed at the initial level and about 15 percent are allowed on the reconsideration level, which means that about forty five percent are allowed in the first two levels of the disability process.

Do not be discouraged if you are not allowed at the first two levels because your chances of winning a disability approval at the social security hearing level are good.

It has been estimated that, of the claims that are received at the ALJ (administrative law judge) hearing level, sixty percent with representation win, while forty percent of the disability claims without representation win.

It would be safe to say that about 70-75 percent of all disability claims that go through the entire disability process from initial claim to hearings level are "eventually" approved.

The implicit assumption, of course, in being approved is that one must persevere and that means filing all available appeals, most specifically the request for reconsideration (following an initial claim denial) and the request for hearing (following a denial on a request for reconsideration).

The entire disability process, including the filing of appeals, may take more than eighteen months in some cases, or more than three years in others (generally if the claim involves a hearing before a judge), depending on the backlog of disability claims in your specific state.

Once you are approved, you will receive letters from Social Security informing you of your Social Security Disability approval and what your disability benefit amount will be.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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