Taking the non-medical determination and the medical determination together represents the claim determination, which is typically referred to as favorable or non-favorable. As most individuals will likely meet eligibility requirements for either SSDI or SSI and possibly both, the medical determination is where the fight is.
Information varies online regarding claim approval or claim denial rates. Claim determinations also widely vary between region and state. National approval rating for disability applications is around 30%-36%, which gives a denial rate of 64%-70% at the application level. I always tell my clients that the best chance statistically to receive disability benefits is at a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”).
Unfortunately, most claimants will need to proceed to a hearing before an ALJ, in which an attorney is almost certainly needed. It is extremely important to ensure that all the needed information is submitted or presented into the record, so the ALJ can possibly grant disability. The social security regulations are very specific regarding impairments. For more information of the Hearing Process, please see my legal guide on How to Successfully Argue a Disability Claim at the Hearing.
Our firm offers legal assistance at the application stage, so that we may build a stronger claim through and up to the hearing. If you are unsure about any of the process, it is best to consult an attorney. Our team of lawyers offers free consultations and can potentially assist you through your Social Security Disability Claim. If you have been injured and can no longer work, call ACA Law at 570-348-0200 today. We fight for what’s right.