What Are My Chances of Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits in Washington, DC?
You can’t work. You need medical treatment. The bills keep piling up.
Monthly checks from Social Security Disability could be the aid you need to keep your life from falling apart.
But the chances of receiving Social Security Disability benefits are tough. Applying is complicated. Most people get denied.
You have enough to worry about during this difficult time in your life.
For your disability benefits, get help from someone who has deep experience with the disability system 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.
What Are Your Odds of Winning Disability Benefits in Washington, DC?
Across the United States over the years, it’s not unusual for 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.
And sometimes, judges in Virginia and Washington, DC, can even be tougher than judges nationwide.
In a March 2018 snapshot of cases going before administrative law judges, people were winning disability hearings about 43% of the time across the country.
Here’s what went on in the Washington area:
- Washington, DC: 34% were getting approved.
- Maryland: 45% were getting approved.
- Virginia: 38% were getting approved.
You typically wait a long time to get to your hearing—19 months in Washington in 2018; 18 months in Maryland; 19.1 months in Virginia—so you want to make sure you go in prepared.
When you’re up against such tough odds, it’s important to have an experienced disability representative like the ones at Mathis & Mathis.
Social Security’s own numbers have shown that your chances of winning benefits increase with a professional representative.
And you don’t pay a fee until you win benefits.
Advantages You Get with Experienced Disability Advocates
No matter where you live in the Washington area, the team at Mathis & Mathis can help you understand how the system applies to you. Social Security Disability is all we do.
These are some of the things we do to help you become one of the people who wins benefits despite the odds:
- Help you fill out all the necessary forms for applying and appealing
- Help you navigate local Social Security offices, local doctors, local clinics and local social service agencies in each state and Washington.
- Help you stay on top of complicated Social Security procedures and deadlines.
- Help you prepare for disability hearings and guide you through those hearings.
- Stand by you and see your case through to completion.
Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security has a strict definition of what qualifies as a “disability.”
Under Social Security rules, your medical condition or injury must be expected to keep you from working for at least 12 months.
Your health problems could include a physical condition, a mental condition or a combination of problems.
When you're unable to work, it's important to schedule regular medical appointments, which create the documentation to prove your case.
In general, Social Security considers you to have a qualifying disability if:
- You cannot do work that you did before because of your health.
- You cannot adjust to other work, also because of your medical conditions.
- Your disability has lasted, or is expected to last, for at least one year, or lead to death.
Every case is different. You don’t have to pay anything to get Mathis & Mathis to evaluate your case and determine how strong your chance is to win benefits.