Real Answers on How Hard the Disability Benefits Process Is

by | Aug 22, 2023 | SSD Benefits

How hard is it to get disability benefits if you have a disabling medical condition? We asked ourselves the same question when we decided to start helping people just like you file for — and receive — Social Security Disability benefits.

From our direct experience supporting thousands of applicants, here is what we have discovered about how the difficult the process is, how to support your disability claim, and things that make a difference in successful cases.

Need immediate assistance applying for disability benefits? Complete this brief form for a free evaluation! Or, contact us to speak with a helpful representative.

Most Disability Applicants Are Denied

The reality is that it’s very difficult to apply for and receive Social Security Disability benefits. In fact, nearly two-thirds of applicants are denied in their application.

While your case still requires that you meet the basic disability requirements set by the Social Security Administration (SSA), there are many other factors that can impact your application approval.

In our experience, there are many reasons why a medically diagnosed disability claim is denied. Denials can be a result of:

  • Application errors
  • Lack of work history
  • Failure to cooperate
  • And more reasons.

The Process From Application to Hearing

After you initially submit an application, the SSA begins the disability process by deciding whether you meet the financial or work-history requirements, depending on the type of benefits for which you applied.

  • SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) utilizes your work-history to determine eligibility.
  • SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is based on financial need.

If you do not meet the necessary requirements, you will receive a technical denial. However, if you do advance past this initial stage, a disability examiner will then utilize a five-step medical evaluation to review your application.

The vast majority of cases — approximately 75% — are denied during the initial application level. This is why it is important to meet the non-medical requirements for SSDI and SSI to increase your chances of being approved for benefits.

If the initial denial is for medical reasons, applicants can appeal the decision by requesting a hearing. Approval rates nearly double at the hearing level with a national average at 62%.

Increased Approval Rate – Contact a Representative

The best way to avoid a final denial is to enlist the representatives at Disability Apply to help you throughout the application process. We do the hard work on your behalf and help you through the many stages of the application process.

Our team of representatives have the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure your application is mistake-free and properly prepared. It is proven from countless studies and experience that if you seek the help of a disability representative such as Disability Apply, you can increase your chances of success by as much as 70%.

Time and time again, we see cases where individuals who apply without a representative struggle to gain approval. That is why we want to work with you to provide the help you need on your journey to receiving disability benefits.

  • We prepare and submit your application.
  • We submit your request for an appeal.
  • We represent you at the hearing level.

All of this is provided at no out-of-pocket cost for you. So, if you are concerned about how hard it is to get disability, then contact us today to work on your Social Security Disability benefits application. Complete this form to get started.

Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

    1. Do you expect to be out of work for at least 12 months?

    2. Did you earn taxable income for 5 of the last 10 years?

    3. Are you currently receiving disability benefits?

    4. Have you seen a doctor within the last 12 months?

    5. Are you currently working with a disability advocate?

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