Minnesota social security disability cases are notoriously difficult to win. Statewide, the award rate for initial SSD cases is 34.4%, which trumps the national average of 32.2%. Cases that are denied and sent back to the Social Security Administration for reconsideration are only awarded 8.8% of the time. Minnesota social security disability cases that are denied both at the initial stage and at the appeal can be sent before an administrative law judge (ALJ) to be heard at the local hearing office. Minnesota has one hearing office located in the city of Minneapolis.
The processing time to have an SSD case heard in the state of Minneapolis exceeds the one-year mark. Whereas the national average is 349 days with an approval rate of 58.1%, in the state of Minnesota, the processing time is 386 days with an approval rate of 57.2%. The approval rate for disability cases generally varies from state to state and from hearing office to hearing office. The table below displays the average approval rate and processing times at the local, state and national level.
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There are 12 administrative law judges working out of the Minneapolis hearing office to make decisions on Minnesota’s social security disability cases. Hiring a Minnesota disability attorney who has regularly attended hearings at the Minneapolis hearing office can positively influence the outcome of your case as their experience and familiarity with the tendencies and preferences of different judges in that hearing office will enable your disability lawyer to present a more powerful case on your behalf.
You can set up a consultation with a local SSD attorney just by completing the free evaluation form found on this site. There is no charge for initial consultations and you do not have to pay any attorney’s fees unless your disability benefits are awarded.