SSDI Approvals Lowest in Five Years

It is widely known that Social Security Disability benefits are often denied upon first application. This can be a frustrating reality for individuals who are unable to work and who need benefits to make ends meet. According to data provided by the Social Security Administration, the approval rate for those seeking benefits has dropped to a five-year low. Records indicate that only 48% of individuals who applied for SSDI benefits were approved at the hearing level. Only 33% of applicants were approved with their initial application.


Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) is a critical benefits program available to individuals who suffer from disabilities or illness that render them unable to work. In some cases, claimants can have their applications fast-tracked, especially if they meet certain requirements and if their condition is on the “compassionate allowances” list. Our Boston SSDI attorneys understand the complexity of filing claims. We are highly experienced in providing appropriate documentation, seeking medical support, and ensuring that applications are complete and processed in a timely manner. Those who need financial support should consult with an experienced advocate to help navigate the SSDI benefits process.

An analysis of SSA records clearly indicates that it is becoming increasingly difficult for individuals with disabilities to collect the SSDI benefits they need and deserve. Individuals who suffer from disability or illness, along with their loved ones, should remember that they paid into the benefits system and are entitled to those funds in a time of need. While filing and recovering benefits can be complicated, applicants should not give up, even if a claim has been previously denied. An experienced advocate can review your documentation, file your application, and ensure that your claim is well-supported through the approval process.

The SSA reports that disability claims approval is down from 36% in 2008. The hearings approval rate is down to 48% from 63% in 2008. Based on an analysis of the Workload Data Disability Appeals table provided by the SSA, it is clear that applicants may have a more difficult time collecting SSDI, even if their illness or disability qualifies under SSA standards. To qualify for SSDI, individuals must be under the age of retirement and are no longer able to work because of a disability. According to SSA standards, the illness or disability must be expected to last at least 12 months or be terminal.

An experienced SSDI professional can help to quickly review your case and determine if you are eligible for benefits. An advocate can review your medical documentation and help to prepare your application. With the help of an experienced SSDI attorney, it is more likely that you will get through the SSDI process more quickly. There are many traps for the unwary in the SSDI process. Working with an experienced attorney can help to avoid common mistakes that will result in claim denial. In the event that your claim is denied, an SSDI advocate can help to file appeals and attend hearings on your behalf. Do not be overwhelmed, but consult with an experienced representative who can answer your questions and mitigate any complications.

Call our Boston SSDI attorneys for a free and confidential appointment at (617) 777-7777.

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