Ever wonder what the Social Security disability approval rate is?
Vicki Johnson, Director of the Colorado Disability Determination Services office presented at the September 2010 Social Security CLE (continuing legal education) program and discussed the percent approved in Social Security disability cases.
Note: Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the part of Social Security that evaluates Social Security case for medical disabilities and makes the initial decision.
Ms. Johnson reports that DDS approves 38% of Social Security disability cases. Thirty-eight percent. The odds are nearly two to one in favor of a denial.
Of course there are lot of cases that shouldn’t be approved. However, day in and day out I see good hardworking people getting denied when they need help the most.
There is only advice I can give is don’t give up! The odds get a lot better at the hearing level.
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