Be Persistent With Your Social Security Claim
It is easy to give up when your Social Security claim is denied. However, Social Security Disability is, in part, a numbers game. Generally speaking, the longer you are able to stay in the process, the more likely it is that you are going to succeed. As such, being persistent in your claim - paying attention to deadlines and ensuring that all of the appropriate documentation is turned in, can make a big difference.
Social Security claims can be sub-divided into four different stages: the initial application stage, the request for reconsideration stage, the hearing stage, and the appeals panel stage. The statistical data is fairly consistent regarding success at the initial stage. At that point, only about 30 to 36 percent of claimants are successful. At the reconsideration level, another 10-15 percent of the claimants seeking reconsideration are successful. And at the hearing level, about 50% of all claimants seeking disability benefits are successful. Those numbers go up even higher when the claimant has good representation and documentation at the hearing. At the appeals panel level, the odds of success are not as high as they are at the other levels, but even then there is an additional chance of success.
Of course, different regions may have slightly different results. So, the success rate in Abilene, Texas, where I practice, may be different from the success rate in California. Still, on a more general level, the further you take your case in the process, the better your chances of success.
The bottom line is - if you are a claimant and you are denied after you make your initial application, don't give up. File a request for reconsideration, and then - if that isn't successful - pursue an appeal. If possible, hire an attorney who practices Social Security law to help you. Often, it is possible to win a claim if you are willing to put in the time and effort that is necessary to see the administrative process through the next step or two.