Winning your Maryland social security disability case can be tough. Only 28.3% of initial SSD claims are awarded compared with 32.2% nationwide. If your initial claim is denied, you can submit a Request for Reconsideration and have your case reviewed once more by the Social Security Administration. But even at the appeals level, only 15.3% of cases are actually awarded. The numbers increase quite a bit at the hearing level. You can request to have your case reviewed by an administrative law judge at a local ODAR or hearing office in the state. There is currently only one hearing office in the state of Maryland located in the city of Baltimore.
Despite the fact that your chances of having your MD social security disability claim awarded increase to 67.9% at the haring level, actually getting a hearing scheduled and having your case heard is going to take about a year. In Maryland, it takes 395 days on average to process a hearing request and have your case heard. That is more than the 349-day national average. The approval rate and processing times vary from state to state and office to office. The table below shows the average numbers at the local, state and national level.
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There are 13 administrative law judges reviewing cases in the Baltimore hearing office. Maryland SSD attorneys who attend hearings at your local hearing office will often familiarize themselves with all the ALJs. Their knowledge of the judges will allow them to present your case in a manner best-suited to win the favor of the presiding ALJ.
If you are in the process applying for social security disability benefits in Maryland, you can arrange to have a free consultation with a disability attorney by completing the free evaluation form located on this site. The initial consultation is always free and your attorney will not be paid unless you are awarded disability benefits. Click on the city or town closest to receive a free legal evaluation in your area.