Welcome! This site is written for Social Security disability claimants, for their legal representatives, and for the network of people involved in the Social Security disability claim process. I hope you find it helpful.
Free Claim Review

The “waterfall” chart shows what percentage of disability claims were allowed and denied nationwide at each level of review. Social Security publishes this chart each year.

  • 38% were allowed after an initial review of the application. That’s a bit more than last year.
  • Just 15% of the claims appealed were allowed at Reconsideration. So 5 out of 6 were denied a second time.
  • 51% were granted at the hearing level. This percentage is unchanged since last year.
  • Of those unfavorable hearing decisions that were appealed, 84% were denied review by the Appeals Council, 12% were remanded, and 1% were allowed.
  • And for those claims that went to federal court, 58% were remanded back to the Social Security Administration.