Recent studies indicate a continuous drop in favorable decisions coming from Social Security administrative law judges. For the fiscal year 2018, of the 423,224 decisions made by administrative law judges, only 43% of the claims were awarded. More than a third— 36% of the claims— were denials, and 21% were dismissed without adjudication. These numbers represent a significant drop from previous years—, in 2013, the award rate was 48%; and just ten years ago, in 2008, 63% of all claims were approved.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that you have an experienced attorney on your side when applying for Social Security disability. A government accounting office report from January of 2018 revealed that claimants with an experienced lawyer were three times more likely to obtain a favorable outcome than those without representation.
A hardworking and experienced Bailey and Galyen attorney can help you avoid costly delays, ensure all paperwork is submitted in a timely manner, gather and file all required medical records, and can even expedite your application process, if you meet certain criteria. We can also provide your doctors with forms and questionnaires specifically designed to summarize the physical and mental limitations your impairments cause and bolster your chances of a favorable outcome.
If you are hurt, injured, or otherwise impaired, and find yourself unable to work please contact us at Bailey and Galyen for a free case evaluation.