Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Filing for Social Security Disability SSI Georgia

Social Security Disability and SSI disability claims in Georgia are adjudicated at the initial claim level (the application level) by an agency within the Georgia Department of labor known as the "disability adjudication section". This state-level agency in Georgia is equivalent to what is known in many other states as DDS, or disability determination services.

Individuals who file for disability benefits in Georgia have their applications taken by the social security administration (generally by an SSA claims rep in a social security field office). However, disability applications are not processed by SSA, not in a strict sense. After a claim has been taken, it is transferred to a disability examiner (in this case, at the georgia disability adjudication section) who will gather the medical records for the claimant's case, review them, and then render a decision (an approval or denial).

What are the chances of being approved for disability in the state of Georgia? In a recent year, the statistics were as follows: 71.8 percent of all disability claims filed in Georgia were denied. For those who chose to file an appeal following this denial, 87.7% of first appeals were denied.

No doubt, this sounds depressing. And it should. The rates of denial in Georgia are higher than in many states and are higher than the national average. However, a person who is considering filing for disability in georgia should not be discouraged. Nationwide, most claims for disability are denied at the application level and at the first appeal level as well. And many of these claimants who file a request for a disability hearing (the second appeal step) before an administrative law judge go on to win their claims. For those who have representation at a disability hearing in Georgia, over 60% of claimants win their cases.

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