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SSD approval rates

Survey Statistics: Social Security Disability Approval Rates for Common Medical Conditions

When it comes to applying for both SSDI and SSI, most people want to know such things like approval rates before they begin their application process. Its roughly about a 42% approval rate for both benefit programs. The most common approvals are for cases that include: 

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Back impairments
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Cancers 
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Joint disease

Some will have higher approval rates than others and the top 3 are multiple sclerosis, cancers and respiratory disorders. That said, there are techniques you can use to help “increase your chances” of approval such as requesting a hearing.

After doing so, all cases have higher approval rates than previous because of the time it takes for the hearing to reach the scheduled date, the claimant’s condition has usually gotten worse and increased their chances of approval. Typically to examiners, the severity of the claimants conditions are what is more important to look at vs their type of condition.

The more time there is between a hearing, the more likely the chance the impairment worsens and the odds are increasing in the claimants favor.

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