Social Security Disability Claims Statistics

This chart shows the most recent data on the number of claims, number of awards, and the number of denials in the Social Security Disability system. As you can see in 2010, the denial rate was about 65%. Today it is higher. Based on this information, it should come as no surprise that so many claims are denied at the Initial Application stage and the Request for Reconsideration stage.

If you have questions about how you can increase the likelihood of receiving benefits, contact the locally-based attorneys of our Draper Utah office at the Summit Disability Law Group at (801) 890-1030. We offer a free consultation and rights analysis to help you make the most informed decision for your case.

YearTotalPending Final DecisionsTechnical Denials (a)Medical DenialsSubsequent Non-Medical Denials (b)AwardsSubsequent Denials (c)Award rate (percent) (d)Total Denial Rate (percent)
20001,364,3230136,054456,4673,817766,0471,93856.143.9
20011,513,4110170,520496,8353,579840,5421,93555.544.5
20021,716,0440231,067580,6764,067898,1352,09952.347.7
20031,942,2100374,309632,5664,485928,7772,07347.852.2
20042,262,363688616,823680,6315,680956,8961,64542.357.7
20052,087,9561,702529,691644,9127,023902,6381,99043.356.7
20062,164,5444,376612,209655,7417,343882,9271,94840.959.1
20072,216,70912,716652,754637,6287,995903,7741,84241.059.0
20082,358,74041,271717,875631,8709,101956,8101,81341.358.7
20092,744,469138,426845,236710,28310,9421,037,6851,89739.860.2
20102,838,485413,530878,497688,34812,418843,7351,95734.865.2

(a) – Applications were denied for non-medical reasons; therefore no decision was made on severity of impairment. (b) – Applications were denied for non-medical reasons after a decision was made that the applicant did not meet the medical severity criteria for disability benefits (c) – Applications were denied for non-medical reasons after a decision was made that the applicant met the medical severity criteria for disability benefits. (d) –  Rate determined by dividing awards by all applications minus pending claims for that year.Source – http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2011/sect04.html