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  • Writer's pictureStephanie O. Joy, Esq.

The Waterfall Chart - % of Awards on Initial, Recon, ALJ and Beyond

Note: This article/video is for general information only and is not legal advice to any particular reader or individual. For legal advice, you must specifically retain a lawyer who evaluates your specific situation.

So, you hear that no one wins on Initial, meaning, when they first apply and receive their first review of their medical records and vocational profile, to see if they can still work some occupation, despite their medical issues? Is it true? I always say "No, Disinformation". Because, the answer is a big NO. And what about Reconsideration stage? What about after a hearing with an ALJ? Appeals Council? Federal District Court? The realities may surprise you.

Here, I explain a bit about the 2022 results:

And here is the chart I refer to:

So how to you best serve yourself, to be more likely to fall on the side of "Allowance" and not a Denial? Work your own legal claim/medical needs like it is your biggest priority (outside of family) and follow the directions and advice of your nagging Lawyer. But of course!

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