You may take weeks gathering all the proper paperwork then submitting all the required medical records and doctor’s notes. From there, you may spend even longer anxiously waiting to hear back from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office. Will your application be approved or denied? Unfortunately for disabled individuals, the denials outnumber the approvals. Each year, thousands of Rhode Islanders apply for Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits, and about 45 percent of those applications are approved. The national average approval rating for Social Security benefits is approximately 38 percent, so when you compare with other states, Rhode Island is doing well. However, even with a higher-than-average approval rating, this means that 55 percent of Rhode Islanders who apply for Social Security Disability benefits receive a denial letter.