When a Social Security disability application is denied, the applicant in Indiana is encouraged to appeal the decision. The statistics are favorable for those who appeal. You should keep in mind, though, that there is going to be a wait. Requesting an appeal means that a federally appointed judge is going to hear the case.
Studies have found that administrative law judges tend to deliver more balanced decisions. They are more thorough when they explore the medical evidence. During the appeal process, a judge is more likely to take into consideration a physician’s evaluation. This includes the reasons why the physician believes that the applicant is limited and can no longer complete daily tasks such as work and employment activities.
After going through appeal decisions, it was found that 40% of denied Social Security Disability applications are approved. Only 30% of applications are approved during the initial round. When an individual is represented by a professional, including legal, from the social security realm, the chance of getting the appeal approved goes up 62%. The only drawback is that it takes time to receive an appointment date for an appeal. Before the year 2000, an individual could receive an appointment in three to five months. Now, it takes up to 12 months. The wait has a lot to do with the increase in number of applications.
Given that Social Security Disability application appeals have over a 50% chance of being approved when the individual is represented by a professional, it behooves the applicant to seek this help. Professional help gives the applicant the advantage of organization. It is important to ensure that all the necessary documents are in order including medical records, work records and objective statement from the physician. A professional may have the ability to speed up the appointment date, too.