What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
How is the Determination for Disability made by Social Security?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Continued from: When is a Person Considered Fully Disabled by Social Security?
How is the determination for disability made by the social security administration? The process used by the social security administration in both programs (SSD, or social security disability, and SSI, also known as supplemental security income) follows the following steps:
1. An individual will file a disability claim with SSA, either A) online (not a preferred option since it does not allow for one-to-one contact with a social security representative who can directly answer questions and ALSO since many claims will be concurrent--meaning for both social security disability and SSI--and an SSI disability application cannot be filed online), B) over the phone with a representative at a local social security office, C) in person at a local social security office, or D) over the phone via the teleclaims center--again, not a preferred option since a claimant will not have option to meet with, and address questions to, the representative at the teleclaims center.
2. The disability claim will be transferred to DDS (disability determination services) where it will be assigned to a disability examiner. The examiner will request all applicable records (medical records, school records, testing records, and, in some cases, employment records) and once these records have arrived the examiner will begin processing the case.
3. The disability examiner will determine what mental or physical functional limitations exist for the claimant (based on the information contained in the medical and/or school records). These limitations will then be compared to the demands of the claimant's work history and a decision will be made as to whether or not the claimant can return to their past work or perform some type of other work. An applicant who can do neither will satisfy the requirements for disability and will be granted disability benefits.
For a child filing for disability, the determination will be made as to whether or not the child is able to perform age-appropriate activities at the same pace as their peers and, if unable, will also be granted disability benefits assuming that the child also meets the non-medical requirements for disability (note: since SSI is a need based program, the child and his or her parents must also fall under certain income and asset level restrictions in addition to satisfying the actual disability eligibility requirements).
Note: Individuals who apply for disability, whether this involves an application for a disabled adult, or an application filed on behalf of a child, should understand from the outset that social security will base all decisions on information obtained from medical providers and potentially schools in the case of children, as well employers in some cases--though disability examiners do not routinely gather information from past employers this does occasionally happen when the examiner cannot resolve certain questions about a claimant's past jobs from the information supplied by the claimant.
For this reason, it is never a bad idea for a claimant or potential claimant to review their records beforehand to see what information is contained and how it is presented. In the case of medical records, this may lead to a discussion with one's doctor or doctors as to whether or not the physician might seem inclined to provide a supporting statement, or even to include statements in future medical records as to the possibility of referencing the claimant's functional limitations within the treatment notes created by the doctor (because evidence regarding functional limitations provides the foundation for the approval of a disability claim, or a disability case being denied.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
Special Section: Disability Lawyers and unnecessary claim denials