Applying for Social Security Disability
The starting point is to apply for disability benefits. For more information on how to do this, click here.
What happens after Application Process is Completed
When the Social Security Administration receives your completed application materials:
- A Social Security Administration representative reviews it to make sure all of the information is complete. And may contact you for missing or unclear information.The representative then sends your forms to your State’s Office of Disability Determination Services (DDS) that determines if you are disabled under Social Security law. The state has medical and vocational experts who will contact your doctors and other places where you received treatment to get your medical records. DDS requests your medical records from the hospitals, doctors, and other treatment sources you listed.
- That State office then reviews all the medical records when they are received.
- The state agency may ask you to have an examination or medical test. You will not have to pay for any examination or test. If the state does request an examination, make sure you keep the appointment.
- The state agency then issues a report to the Social Security Administration that states its determination as to whether you are disabled or not
- Finally, the Social Security Administration sends you a Notice stating what decision has been made on your claim.
What do I do if I am denied benefits?
No matter what the claim examiners working for the Social Security Administration may determine, you know whether you can work or not. If you feel that you meet the standard for disability and your claim has been wrongly denied, then you should appeal.
If you make the decision to appeal, you should also decide to hire professional legal representation. Although you can proceed through certain steps of filing the appeal paperwork without assistance, your chance of success in an appeal will ultimately depend on how well your case is presented in court.
We feel that the sooner you select your representative for the appeal, the better your chances will be.
Have you been denied benefits? If so learn how the appeal process works?