Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Filing for Social Security Disability SSI Illinois

In the state of Illinois, as in all states, the disability system works as follows: an individual contacts the social security administration and expresses the desire to file an application for disability benefits. Afterwards, a claim for social security disability or SSI disability benefits is taken and the claimant's case is forwarded off to a state-level agency that has the responsibility of rendering medical decisions for the social security administration. It is at this agency that disability examiners (the individuals who gather a claimant's medical records, read and review them, and, subsequently, approve or deny a claim) carry out their work.

In most states, this state agency is known as DDS, or disability determination services. However, in Illinois this agency is known as the "Bureau of Disability Services" and it is a constituent part of the Illinois department of rehabilitation services.

What are the chances of being approved for social security disability or SSI in Illinois? The statistics for a recent year give some indication of this: 61.2% of all applicants who filed for disability benefits in Illinois had their claims denied. Of those individuals who filed an appeal, 87.1% of these cases were also denied.

However, it should be noted that the rates of denial are actually slightly lower in Illinois than for the nation at large. As in all states, of course, it is generally true that claimants who have been denied on their disability application and first appeal will stand a significantly greater chance of being approved for disability benefits at a disability hearing held before an administrative law judge.

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