Applying for either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a challenging and long process. Nationally, only about 35% of initial applications were approved in 2022. At the first appeal stage (reconsideration) about 13% of applications were approved. At a court hearing, which is the second and generally last appeal stage, about 54% of claims were approved.

However, the odds of approval also varied greatly by state in 2022. To better understand the chances of winning your Social Security disability claim, Atticus compared approval rates at every stage of the process and across all 50 states.

Why do disability approval rates vary by state?

Even though SSDI and SSI are both federal programs, where you live impacts your chances of approval because application reviews and appeals are handled at state or local levels.

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