Because you are disabled.

File for disability benefits.

Appeal your case.

How you presented your initial application was the best you could do at that time given what you knew and were told.

But, if you were not successful, appeal (1) because you are disabled and (2) because you can improve on your presentation.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Getting Approved for Social Security Disability is Getting Harder

On his blog today, Charles Hall posted a chart showing fiscal year 2013 allowance rates for disability applicants at the initial, reconsideration, Administrative Law Judge hearing, Appeals Council and federal court levels.  See

The federal fiscal year 2013, began on October 1, 2012, and ended on September 30, 2013.

As Hall pointed out, the allowance rate at the ALJ hearing level in 2013 was only 48%, a decline from (fiscal years) 2012, which showed 52% approved, and 2011, which showed 58% approved.

The chart can be found at page 168 of the Social Security Administration’s report, “Administration Justification of Estimates for Appropriations Committees Fiscal Year 2015,” dated March, 2014.

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