What are my chances of winning at a Social Security disability hearing?

There’s really three primary stages: the initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing stage. At the initial application, statistics show that about 1 in 3 claimants are approved at the initial application. So, about 33 or 35% of all claimants. At the reconsideration stage, it’s down to about 9% of claimants. So, less than 10%. We’re talking 9% are approved at the reconsideration stage.

At the hearing stage, which is before an administrative law judge, it’s about 48% or so of all claims are approved. I will say that those who are represented by attorneys do have higher than statistical approval rates at each of these stages, but those are the national statistics.