The figures for 2013 fiscal year have been prepared by the Office of Disability Program Management, and the allowance rate for the various levels claimant’s have to go through to receive their benefits are available.
In fiscal year 2013, 1/3 of the cases were allowed based upon the initial application. At reconsideration, only 11% of the cases were allowed, and once the case got to an Administrative Law Judge, 48% were allowed.
After that, it gets much more difficult with the Appeals Council having only a 1% allowance rate, and Federal Court having only a 2% allowance rate.
Cases were remanded in 17% at the Appeals Council, and 42% of the appeals at the Federal Court level. Remand occurs when the case is sent back to an Administrative Law Judge for rehearing. Figures were not available as to how many remanded cases were paid at the Administrative Law Judge level.
Given the apparent focus coming in regard to cessating disability recipients, these figures additionally underscore the need for experienced expert representation at all levels.