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How does Social Security make a determination for SSD or SSI?
Once your disability claim is sent to the disability agency responsible for making each disability determination it is assigned to a disability examiner. It is their responsibility to send out for medical records from all of the medical sources you named in your disability application.
1. How a disability claim gets worked on
2. How long does it take to get a decision on Social Security disability or SSI?
3. How long does it take for an examiner to decide a disability case?
4. How to find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied
If you have no treatment sources or your medical sources are more than ninety days old, you may have to attend a consultative examination. These examinations are performed by Social Security and are meant to give a current status of your disabling conditions. Social Security disability examiners are required to have current medical evidence in order to make their medical determination.
Once the examiner has all of your medical information in file they may find that you meet or equal the criteria of an impairment listing if that is the case you will be found disabled. Many disability applicants are not able to meet or equal the strict criteria contained in an impairment listing.
Even if you do not meet the impairment criteria you may still be found disabled. At this point, examiners must consider the potential of a medical vocational allowance. In order to make this determination they evaluate your ability to do jobs that you performed in the 15 year prior to your becoming disabled.
If they find you are not able to do your past work due your limitations, they move on to the fifth and final step of the sequential disability evaluation process. This step requires the disability examiner to consider your ability to do other kinds of work. The examiner must consider your age, limitations, education and the transferability of your past work skills when evaluating your ability to perform any other kind of work.
If they find that your limitations are so restrictive that they prevent any other kind of work, you may be approved for disability benefits through a medical vocational allowance.
Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center
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Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers
More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers
Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI
Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
The SSI Disability Benefits Program
Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs
Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews
Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children
Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative
What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney
Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits
Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability
Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children
Disability Benefits through Social Security
Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records
Filing your claim for disability benefits
Eligibility for receiving disability benefits
Resources on this site
Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
About the Author of SSDRC, Tim Moore
The SSDRC Disability Blog
For Individuals living in North Carolina
Disability in North Carolina
North Carolina Disability Lawyer
Getting disability in North Carolina
he Social Security Disability Determination Process
How Does A Social Security Disability Examiner Determine a Personís Functional Limitations?
If the person filing for disability meets the listing, can the judge still deny benefits?
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?
Is the Medical Criteria to Get Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits hard?
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Tips for Getting Disability Benefits
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Can I qualify for disability if I am working?
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How long does it take to get approved for disability?
Can it take years to get disability?
When to Appeal a Disability Denial
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI for an injury?
When does Social Security send you for a neurological exam?
Conditions that get approved for disability
Social Security Disability Exam tips
Chances of winning Social Security Disability
Can you appeal a disability back pay decision?
Who can get SSI disability?
Can medications qualify you for disability?
Can you get disability the first time you apply?
Getting disability if you work
What is considered to be a disability for SSDI or SSI?
What determines your disability benefit amount?
Filling out disability appeal paperwork
How long does it take a disability judge to make a decision?
If you win disability, when do benefits start?