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  5. How likely am I to qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

How likely am I to qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

Unfortunately, over 60% of disability petitions are denied in the Initial Stage, owing to the massive surge of new applicants and the economic uncertainty surrounding Social Security. Even if you have a handicapping condition that prevents you from working, your initial application for disability payments will almost certainly be denied. Additionally, 86% of those who appeal and seek reconsideration are denied again, while 37% of those who want a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) are denied as well.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) declines disability compensation petitions for a variety of reasons. Among these are the following:

  • Claimant is currently employed.
  • Medical evidence of a debilitating condition is insufficient.
  • Claimant does not see a physician on a regular basis.
  • Application was not correctly completed.

    The most effective method of determining your eligibility for disability benefits is to consult with a skilled disability advocate/attorney. A qualified disability advocate/attorney can evaluate the merits of your claim and advise you on your likelihood of obtaining benefits. You can locate one by completing this no-obligation evaluation form.

While you await the SSA’s judgment, there may be indicators that you may be granted for disability. These include, but are not limited to, having an adequate number of work credits and medical documentation, as well as earning less than the SGA.

Additionally, disability activists and attorneys help guarantee that all forms are properly completed and that sufficient medical proof exists to support your disabling condition. While legal assistance is not essential to submit a disability claim, statistics show that individuals who have representation are more likely to succeed. Indeed, some disability legal firms and advocacy organizations successfully receive benefits for more than 90% of their clients.