Obtaining a ruling of disability has never been easy. There are four (4) stages in the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) through the social security administration: (1) Filing an Application for Social Security Disability Benefits/Supplemental Security Income; (2) if denied you then file a Request for Reconsideration; (3) if your Request for Reconsideration is denied you file a Request for Hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ); and (4) if you receive an unfavorable decision from an ALJ you may appeal the unfavorable decision with the Appeals Council (AC). For applications filed in 2009 through 2011 only about 40% of applications were eventually approved. Since then things have become more difficult. The number of claims paid at the initial and reconsideration stages of social security disability has remained about the same. But in 2014 less than half of those who went to the hearing level were found disabled. Historically, that had been, on average, 60% or more. Things did improve a bit in 2015 with nearly 55% of those who went to the hearing level being found disabled. The lesson to be learned is that those seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) need all the help they can get. After an initial denial, it is wise to engage the services of an attorney who practices Social Security disability law. This is not a guarantee of success, but it does increase the odds. Once you receive a denial you a strict time frame to file an appeal. If you have been denied Social Security Disability, call the trusted lawyers at Perry Law Office.