ALL STATE DATA UPDATED FOR 2020!

Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like West Virginia – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.

Why is State-by-State Information Important?

Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and West Virginia social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.

Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.

Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.

While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.

You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in West Virginia below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in West Virginia – What You Need To Know

There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how West Virginia compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.

Initial Application (L1)Reconsideration (L2)Hearing (L3)
West Virginia35.7%11.2%55.0%
National Average35.1%12.5%54.3%
State Difference:0.6%-1.3%0.7%

As the table shows, West Virginia is above the national average in approval ratings for Initial Application and Hearing levels by a slight margin, 0.6% and 0.7% percentage points above respectively. However, West Virginia is a little below the average national approval rating at the Hearing level by 1.3 percentage points.

West Virginia Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
West Virginia35.7%32.7%30.6%29.3%28.5%28.3%29.1%27.3%27.0%27.4%26.4%
National Average39.7%37.9%35.6%34.7%33.7%33.1%32.8%33.0%33.4%33.2%35.1%
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As the table and the below chart show, West Virginia has been below the national average of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2020, West Virginia ranked 45th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have increased in West Virginia over the last few years, they still are below the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI initial applications in West Virginia and compares them to the national averages.

West Virginia Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
West Virginia11.2%11.2%11.0%10.7%9.8%8.4%8.2%8.5%9.0%8.4%8.9%
National Average14.5%13.6%12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, West Virginia has ranked below the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2020, West Virginia ranked 44th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI reconsideration requests in West Virginia and compares them to the national averages.

West Virginia Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
West Virginia55.0%54.8%55.1%56.2%49.7%47.2%47.7%51.1%58.2%70.9%74.7%
National Average54.3%52.9%53.9%56.8%54.7%53.4%53.7%55.5%57.7%62.5%67.2%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, West Virginia has ranked above and below the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. Between 2012 and 2017, West Virginia was solidly below the national average, but has improved since 2018, to actually be a few points above the national average. With an average approval rate of 55% at the Hearing stage, in 2020 West Virginia ranked 21st in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI hearings in West Virginia and compares them to the national averages.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in West Virginia are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in West Virginia may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.

Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.

West Virginia SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

West Virginia is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 3,” which is headquartered in Philadelphia. There are 3 hearing offices in West Virginia. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to West Virginia and National Averages.

The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.

The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.

The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.

Hearing Wait Time (Months)Average Disposition Time (Days)Average Approval Rate (2020)
National Average11.840454.3%
West Virginia Average12.740746.1%
CHARLESTON WV11.939355.1%
HUNTINGTON11.136733.8%
MORGANTOWN13.542136.9%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2020, applicants in West Virginia can expect to wait longer than the national average – the state ranks 31st in wait times. However Charleston is not far behind the national average approval rate at 55.1%. Huntington and Morgantown are both well below in approval rating which are at 33.8% and 36.9% respectively in 2020.

These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.

This graph shows the current approval and wait times for SSDI hearings for Social Security offices in West Virginia and compares them to the national averages.


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Hearing Offices in West Virginia & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in West Virginia. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.

Hearing Office Region 3 Charleston SSA, OHO
Suite 100 500 Quarrier Street Charleston, West Virginia 25301
(888) 527-9325 • (304) 344-3359 • (877) 871-1882
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
OHIO: Athens, Cambridge, Marietta
WEST VIRGINIA: Beckley, Charleston, Logan, Martinsburg, Parkersburg, St. Albans, Welch, Williamson

Hearing Office Region 3 Huntington SSA, OHO
2nd Floor Annex 301 9th Street Huntington, West Virginia 25701
(866) 592-1607 • (304) 529-5066 • (877) 871-1883
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
KENTUCKY: Ashland, Pikeville, Prestonsburg
WEST VIRGINIA: Huntington

Hearing Office Region 3 Morgantown SSA, OHO
6 Suburban Court Chestnut Ridge Road Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
(877) 405-9197 • (304) 285-4326 • (877) 871-1884
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
OHIO: East Liverpool, Steubenville
PENNSYLVANIA: Uniontown
WEST VIRGINIA: Clarksburg, Elkins, Fairmont, Morgantown, Wheeling

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in [STATE NAME]

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
CHARLESTON WVSUITE 300500 QUARRIER STREETCHARLESTONWV(800) 772-1213
WHEELING WV123 16TH STREETWHEELINGWV(800) 772-1213
PARKERSBURG WVSUITE 4301425 JULIANA STREETPARKERSBURGWV(800) 772-1213
HUNTINGTON WV301 9TH STREET3RD FLOORHUNTINGTONWV(800) 772-1213
CLARKSBURG WVCLARKSBURG FEDERAL CTR320 W PIKE STCLARKSBURGWV(800) 772-1213
ELKINS WVSUITE 325300 THIRD STREETELKINSWV(800) 772-1213
BLUEFIELD WV3014 E CUMBERLAND ROADBLUEFIELDWV(800) 772-1213
MORGANTOWN WVSUITE 1003596 COLLINS FERRY RDMORGANTOWNWV(800) 772-1213
BECKLEY WVSUITE A-85475 ROBERT C. BYRD DRMOUNT HOPEWV(800) 772-1213
LOGAN WV1103 GEORGE KOSTAS DRLOGANWV(800) 772-1213
WELCH WV50 MCDOWELL STREETWELCHWV(800) 772-1213
MARTINSBURG WV14 COMPASS PTMARTINSBURGWV(866) 416-1919
FAIRMONT WVMIDDLETOWN MALL9039 MIDDLETOWN MALLFAIRMONTWV(800) 772-1213
ST ALBANS WV49 OLDE MAIN PLAZAST ALBANSWV(800) 772-1213
PETERSBURG WV111 S GROVE ST SUITE 3PETERSBURGWV(877) 405-2885
WILLIAMSON WV146 EAST FIRST AVEWILLIAMSONWV(800) 772-1213
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All data on this page is current as of July, 2020.

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About Citizens Disability, LLC:

Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.