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

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.

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

Related pages:

The Social Security Disability Approval Process and the Criteria for Decisions
Disability Approval Chances at the Social Security Reconsideration and Hearing Levels
How will you be notified if you receive an Approval for Social Security Disability or SSI
Social Security Disability, SSI Decisions What Is the Rate of Approval?
The Social Security Disability Approval
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
The Medical Vocational Allowance Approval for Social Security Disability and SSI cases
Filing for disability with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy
Can you be denied for disability even if your doctor recommends that you be approved?
Applying for disability with a cervical spine discectomy and fusion

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