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Social Security Disability Determinations

The Disability Determinations for fiscal year 2004 have been released by the Social Security Administration, and are little changed from fiscal year 2003.

At the Initial level, 37% of disability claims were allowed, and 63% denied. After the denied claims were appealled to the Reconsideration level, 14% were allowed, and 86% denied. When those denied claims were appealed to the Administrative Law Judge level, 62% were allowed, 13% dismissed, and 25% denied. Upon appeal to the Appeals Council, 2% were allowed, 2% dismissed, 26% remanded to the ALJ level, and 70% denied. Only a relatively small number of cases were appealed to Federal Court, where 6% were allowed, 7% dismissed, 46% remanded, and 41% denied.

This shows, again, that it is worthwhile to appeal an initial denial of a Social Security disability claim. What the statistics do not show is the greater chance of a successful appeal with legal representation.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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