February 22, 2020

What are the Chances that my Case will be Approve at Initial or Reconsideration

According to Social Security’s most recent statistics:

approximately 33% of disability applications are approved at the initial application stage.  67% of applications are denied

if a denied application appeals by filing for “reconsideration,” approximately 13% of these appealed cases are approved

many denied claimants simply give up, but if you continue your appeal and request a hearing, about 42% of claims that reach a hearing are approved by a Social Security judge.

There are several lessons we can learn from these statistics:

if you are denied, don’t give up.  File an appeal.  A significant percentage of deserving cases are denied at initial and reconsideration only to approved by a judge

Social Security does not make it easy to appeal.  You have to file your appeal within only 60 days from the date you receive your denial and SSA does not make it easy to find the right forms to appeal.  Some people believe that Social Security makes the appeal process complicated to encourage claimants to give up.  A better explanation is that Social Security is a huge government bureaucracy that relies on forms and procedures to keep information organized.  Whatever the reason, you (and your attorney) need to speak SSA’s language if you hope to win.