Dec 12, 2015

It's Really Hard To Get Approved For Social Security Disability


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does any of this factor in how easy it now is to file a disability claim for any reason because of online filing? Are technical denials up?

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's because only about 4/10 meet the definition as "unable to work"?

As stated above, there is a significant number of meritless claims filed...and that was prior to the Internet.

Now, when in doubt...file. It's treated like playing the lottery in the area I work in daily. Just keep filing and see if it goes through.

Anonymous said...

I think it's jus part of the game . Unless you have some obvious disability such as blindness or missing a limb, you all are denied the first time . Part of the process.

Anonymous 42 said...

Roughly 1 million out of 3 million approved initially; hardly a small number.

Anonymous said...

34% denied for technical reasons. So the real number is 37 out of every 66 who are eligible for benefits are approved. Doesn't seem so difficult when we look at the "real" numbers does it?

Anonymous said...

When you subtract out the technical denials (mostly for SGA?) then there are more allowances than denials. Also, most of the allowances occur at the initial DDS level. so much for "everyone is denied the first time."

Anonymous said...

In addition to SGA, many technical denials are due to people not being insured at all or often never having worked at all.

Anonymous said...

Many of those filings are from Long Term Disability insurance companies forcing people to file so they can recoup money they have paid out. How many large disability companies are filing claims for those LTDs?

Jason Quick said...
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Anonymous said...

I find it odd that 2% are approved at reconsideration and 12% approved at the administrative law judge level. That tells me too many are approved at the administrative law judge level. The judge probably feels sympathetic with the applicant or he has a deal with the lawyer submitting the case.

Anonymous said...

Has a deal with the lawyer submitting the cases? Seeing Huntington's everywhere?

Why would you assume the error lies with the ALJ instead of at recon? In my area they are essentially a perfunctory joke.

There's also the one to two years that typically pass between recon and an ALJ decision. Chronic conditions worsen, a few have accidents or illnesses unrelated to their original claims. The percent allowed by the ALJ doesn't take into account amended onset dates, either.

Justin

Tyron Tanaka said...

It is very hard to be approved for Social Security Disability. Between the constant communication with the doctors and the multiple times of sending the same information, it can be a nightmare. As streamlined as it is supposed to be, I believe it has gotten worse with time. If you don't have legal representation to push your case, you will get tangled in the red tape.

Tyron Tanaka @ Low And Canata

Jason Hayes said...

Trying to get approved for disability is one of the hardest things to do in the country. The system wants all kinds of proof, even though you have details from the doctor stating that you are unable to work. Even if you're approved, it still takes what feels like forever to get any kind of money.

Jason Hayes @ DECORM