What’s an On the Record Review for Disability Claims?

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The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits (and potentially appealing your denial) can drag out for months or even years.

Meanwhile, you have a mental or physical condition that leaves you disabled and unable to maintain a full-time job, which makes it challenging to make ends meet every month. If your initial Social Security disability application was denied by the Social Security Administration, you might have moved forward with an appeal. This could mean attending a hearing in front of an administrative law judge, but this can take between 12 and 18 months.

If you’re wondering if it’s possible to expedite this process, the answer, generally speaking, is yes. Keep in mind, that moving up a hearing date doesn’t always work, but it can be worth trying. One such method is an on the record review.



What Is An On The Record Review?

An on the record review can be requested by someone waiting for their Social Security disability hearing date, and it involves an administrative law judge reviewing the case file, or the record, to possibly make a decision before the actual hearing.

If you have provided sufficient medical evidence and written information regarding your condition, the judge may grant you a favorable ruling for your OTR review. Anyone who was initially denied Social Security disability and decided to appeal may request an on the record review.

In order for the judge to rule in your favor, you must provide enough information to prove you have a disability so that the judge doesn’t require any further data in order to make a decision.

People who believe the have provided the SSA with plenty of medical evidence and want to try an OTR review can request one through their local Office of Disability and Adjudication Review shortly after filing a request for an appeal hearing. In your OTR request, you want to explain why you should be considered disabled as well as an explanation of notes relating to your medical records. The other way to have an OTR review is in a hearing officer initiates the process for you. This might happen if you provide additional supporting medical proof and the officer feels that a hearing isn’t necessary.

What Happens When You Request An On The Record Review?

There are several things that might happen after you ask for an on the record review. These include:

  • A favorable outcome: If the SSA feels you have provided sufficient information, you could be approved for Social Security disability benefits.
  • A denial: If the SSA does not feel it can make a decision can be made based on the written information you provided without a hearing, the on the record review might be unsuccessful. It’s important to note that you won’t be penalized if you’re denied an on the record review.
  • An attorney might contact you: An attorney adjudicator may be reviewing your file. That adjudicator may call you with additional questions, such as if you’re currently working or needing your disability onset date. When answering these questions, be as descriptive and detailed as possible, and always tell the truth.

Why Should You Consider Requesting An On The Record Review?

If you’re hoping to speed up the process, an OTR review is one way to achieve this goal. This lessens the time you must wait to find out if you’re approved for Social Security disability. Additionally, having an OTR review may negate the need for an actual hearing, which could put added mental or physical stress on you.

Consider Professional Help

If you’re appealing your denial and want to request an on the record review, a disability advocate or attorney may make this process easier. A Social Security attorney or advocate will know what information must be submitted to the SSA, and how to include important proper and complete medical evidence for an OTR decision.

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