The first question most disabled individuals in Utah ask about filing a Social Security disability application is how likely it is that they’ll get an approval. And while we wish we could say otherwise, the odds aren’t all that good.
In the initial application stage, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports an approval rate of around 36 percent – which means that roughly six out of every ten disability applications are denied. No one can guarantee that you’ll be granted the benefits you need, but by learning more, you may be able to improve your odds.
How the SSA Makes the Decision
When evaluating your initial disability application, the SSA will be considering whether or not you meet their definition of disability. To be eligible for benefits, all of the following must be true:
- Your medical condition prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA), or working enough hours to earn a living.
- You’re unable to perform the work activities you previously did and cannot switch to another line of work because of your disability.
- The condition or impairment that is keeping you from working is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.
In addition, the SSA will be looking to determine if your employment history qualifies you for disability benefits. If you don’t have enough work credits, you won’t be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
How to Increase the Odds of an Approval
In an ideal world, every disabled Utah resident would be automatically approved for benefits. That’s never going to happen, but you can take steps to boost your odds of getting an approval at the initial disability application stage. Here’s what you can do:
- Make sure your disability application is complete, providing a thorough answer to every question along with extensive information on your medical and job history.
- Maintain a good relationship with your health care providers and treating physicians, as they can provide additional support for your disability claim.
- Follow all treatment recommendations and attend all scheduled appointments, as a greater volume of medical evidence can increase the chances of approval.
- Keep a close tab on the status of your claim, calling for regular updates to ensure that the SSA doesn’t need more information to process your disability application.
Contact Mountain West Disability Today
Working with an experienced disability advocate or attorney can also make the odds of being approved for benefits much better. In Utah, the professional team at Mountain West Disability is here to provide the help you need – and with us, expert assistance with your disability application comes with no upfront cost. For more information, or to arrange for a free case review, contact our office in Murray, Utah, today.