When you get denied for Social Security disability benefits the first time around, you may not be aware that you can always go through an appeals process to try again. While this seems like a lot of effort, and you aren’t too optimistic about the outcome, it’s always worth it to appeal.
The Percentage of Disability Appeals That Are Approved
The percentage of disability appeals that end up being approved is about 35.4%. In Washington, the approval rate for benefits in general is 49.7%, and the average monthly benefit is $1,278. In Idaho, it’s 52.1% and $1,232 per month, respectively. While these low rates of approval may not give you much hope, there are different things you can do to strengthen your initial application and your appeal.
How to Strengthen Your Appeal
Whether you are applying for benefits for the first time or appealing a denial, you should first make sure that you completely filled out every section of the application. Also, provide as much proof of your disability as possible and include the necessary test results, medical records, statements from people familiar with your condition, your list of prescriptions, etc. Stay on top of your care and go to your doctor’s appointments to demonstrate how serious your condition is and why you need benefits. Of course, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced SSDI and SSI lawyer, since you’ll have a greater chance of being approved with their help.
Contacting Schott Law
If you need assistance applying for SSDI or SSI or appealing a denial, Schott Law is here for you. Maggie Schott is an SSDI & SSI lawyer serving Washington and Idaho. Contact us now at (509) 328-5789 to start your application.