In 2017, Two Million people in the United States applied for disability benefits, but only 762,141 were approved. This means that 4 in 10 applicants who claimed they were too disabled to work, met the Social Security Administrations guidelines for approval.1 To be approved for benefits, you must meet certain criteria. You will be denied if you do not meet the basic non-medical requirements, your medical condition will not last long enough or isn't severe enough, you won't cooperate with the SSA, the SSA cannot get in contact with you, your disability is primarily due to drug or alcohol abuse, there's not enough medical evidence, you've been convicted of a crime, or you have committed fraud. All of these things will get your application denied immediately.
A workers' compensation award is the exclusive remedy for claims arising out of compensable injuries and diseases. For this reason, workers' compensation jurisdiction attaches only upon the filing of a claim application within the time prescribed by law. The claimant must file within the statutorily prescribed period; the filing of the claim application at any office of the Bureau of Workers' compensation or with the Industrial Commission qualifies as the "receipt" of the claim for processing purposes. A claimant may effect a timely filing by mailing an application that is received by a Bureau employee responsible for receipt and distribution of Industrial Commission correspondence.