July 24, 2014

What are the chances that my initial application will be approved?

On average, seventy-five percent of all initial disability applications are denied. However, as grim as these statistics seem, the same percentage of applicants go on to win their cases following an appeal.  This fact alone should be an incentive for those disabled individuals choosing to engage in the rigorous application and appeals process.  Although the disability process from beginning to end is lengthy, easily consuming up towards two years before a decision is made, those receiving benefits feel it is worth the wait.

The good news is that Multiple Sclerosis is considered to be a serious condition by the SSA and has been considered as a “Listing” disease. This means that if you can prove that your condition meets Social Security’s medical listing criteria for MS, then you automatically win. Some serious MS cases are approved at the initial level thanks to this fact. But if you do not win at the initial level (which will likely be the case), do not fret. Your odds improve substantially if you follow the appeals process and you are afforded a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).  Having skilled representation accompany you to such a hearing actually increases the odds in your favor.