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What Are My Chances of Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits?


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    You can’t work. You’re receiving medical treatment. The bills keep piling up.

    Monthly checks from Social Security Disability could provide the support you need to keep your life on steady ground.

    But your chances of receiving benefits are tough. Applying is complicated. Most people get denied.

    You have enough to worry about.

    For your disability benefits, get help from someone who has deep experience with the disability system, handles all the details for you and knows how to give you the best chance possible of winning.

    Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates will focus on your disability claim—so you can focus on your health and your life.

    We’ve helped thousands of people win benefits over the last 30 years, including people in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Alexandria and Northern Virginia, or anywhere in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. And all around America.

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    Your Odds of Getting Disability Benefits in the Mid-Atlantic Region

    Across the United States over the years, it’s not unusual for more than three-quarters of initial applications for Social Security Disability benefits to get denied. Even after appealing the decision, often two-thirds of people still get denied.

    When you appeal a denial, one of the crucial steps is going to a hearing with a Social Security Administration Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

    In an October 2020 snapshot of cases going before ALJs, government numbers showed people winning benefits after disability hearings about 44% of the time across the country.

    So it’s less than half getting approved, a tough process. The success rate is about the same in some places, but even tougher in others.

    Here’s how it looked in the Mid-Atlantic area:

    • Delaware: 41% were getting approved
    • Maryland: 44% were getting approved
    • Pennsylvania: 42% were getting approved
    • Virginia: 43% were getting approved.
    • Washington, DC: 43% were getting approved.
    • West Virginia: 42% were getting approved

    You typically wait a long time to get to your hearing—10 months in Washington in 2020 to over 13 months in Maryland.

    When you’re up against such a difficult process, it’s important to have an experienced disability representative like the ones at Mathis & Mathis.

    Government numbers have shown that your chances of winning benefits nearly triple when you have a professional representative by your side in your hearing.

    And you don’t pay a fee until you win benefits.

    No matter where you live, if you’re wondering whether you qualify for benefits, you can get a FREE consultation from the disability advocates at Mathis & Mathis.

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    How Mathis & Mathis Helps You Win Disability Approval

    No matter where you are, the team at Mathis & Mathis can help you understand how the system applies to you.

    These are some of the things we do to help you become one of the people who wins benefits despite the odds:

    • We’ll help you file your initial application.
    • We’ll help you appeal a denial.
    • We’ll help you fill out forms.
    • We’ll help you gather your medical documentation.
    • We’ll make sure your information is free of errors.
    • We’ll stay on top of the important deadlines.
    • You’ll get the same case manager throughout the process.
    • Disability Advocate Andrew Mathis will personally represent you in your hearing.
    • We’ll listen and understand what you’re going through.

    To win benefits, you have to prove that you can’t work at all because of your medical conditions, and you won’t be able to work for at least a year.

    But you don’t have to do it alone. Let’s get started on moving you beyond the hardship you’re feeling now to a new chapter.

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    Applying or Appealing, We Can Help

    Whether you’re in the initial stages of applying, appealing a denial of benefits, or wondering if you qualify, Mathis & Mathis can help.
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    Social Security Disability FAQs

    Because applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated, you likely have many questions about the process. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

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    Chances of Winning SSD: A Quick Chart

    Winning Social Security Disability benefits takes work and persistence. Most people get denied. But your odds of winning benefits improve when you work with a professional representative. In this chart from Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates, see the chances of winning benefits in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and nationally.

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    Hear from a Mathis & Mathis Client

    “I could not recommend Mathis & Mathis highly enough. They were kind, patient and thorough. No question was too small. They were timely in responding to me. While the process of applying for and obtaining disability is a long, tough road, Mr. Mathis made everything so much better. If you are thinking about applying, please do and know you will be taken very good care of . . . just like family.”

    Tracey Jones in Google Reviews