What is the difference between a fully favorable and a partially favorable Social Security Disability decision?
Learn about a partially favorable versus a fully favorable Social Security Disability decision and learn about appealing a partially favorable decision.
A Fully Favorable Social Security Disability Decision
A fully favorable Social Security Disability Decision means that your claim has been approved and your benefits will begin based on the date of disability that you claimed and that you will receive ongoing monthly benefits.
A Partially Favorable Social Security Disability Decision
In contrast, a partially favorable decision means that your claim has been approved, but with limitations that will cause you to receive less money than a fully favorable decision would have. There are two situations that result in partially favorable decisions: The decision on your claim might be partially favorable because Social Security determined that you became disabled on a date later than the one you claimed and therefore, your benefits will start later. Or, the decision on your claim might be partially favorable because Social Security has determined that your disability has ended and that you will receive a one-time-only payment.
Consider a Social Security Disability Appeal
If you receive a partially favorable Social Security Disability decision, look at the decision carefully because it is a partial denial. If you believe a mistake has been made, you have the right to appeal. At this point, it would be a good idea to get legal assistance from an attorney who is experienced with Social Security Disability claims. When you appeal, the partial approval of your claim will be reopened, which could result in a full denial rather than a partially favorable approval. That doesn’t happen often, but it is possible and needs to be considered when deciding whether or not to appeal. For information on how to appeal, appeal deadlines, and how attorneys get paid, visit our articles I Was Denied Social Security Disability. What Can I Do? and How Do Social Security Disability Attorneys Get Paid for Representing You in Your Disability Claim