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What happens after you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI in Illinois?

Unfortunately, this is a question that doesn't get answered very often. However, addressing this one particular question is fairly important.

What happens after you apply in Illinois? This is assuredly a mystery for most disability claimants and it isn't hard to guess why since most Claims reps (the individuals at the social security office who take disability applicants) do little to explain to SSD and SSI claimants how the disability evaluation process works.

In fact, many claimants never become aware of the fact that an agency called Disability Determination Services (DDS) actually handles the medical determination for their case. And, of the individuals who do become aware of this fact, many never learn that they may check the status of their claim by contacting the disability examiner handling their case.

In brief, this is what happens after you apply for either social security disability or ssi benefits. Your file is transferred to disability determination services (these days, electronically) and there it is assigned to a specialist, otherwise known as a disability examiner.

Typically, on the same day the examiner receives your file, he or she will send medical record request letters to the various doctors, hospitals, and clinics indicated on your disability application. And, for the most part, until those records are received, your case will sit and wait. Sometimes it waits a relatively short time. But in the overwhelming majority of cases, it waits a long time. However, once the records come in, the examiner will be in a position to start the decision-making process on your claim.


1. What Happens When You File an SSI or Social Security Disability Application?
2. What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
3. What happens if my SSI or Social Security Disability Application is denied?
4. What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Filing for disability in Illinois

Applying for disability in Illinois

How do you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI in Illinois

Filing for disability in Illinois, when to file

After you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI in Illinois

Are you automatically denied for SSDI or SSI in Illinois when you first apply?

Filing Illinois request for reconsideration after denied

Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Illinois?

Options after Social Security Disability is Denied in Illinois

Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Illinois

Do you need a lawyer for a Disability Claim in Illinois?

Disability attorneys, lawyers in Illinois

Choosing a Disability Attorney in Illinois

What will an Illinois disability attorney do?

Will hiring a disability attorney in Illinois get me a disability award?

Social Security Disability Representatives and help in Illinois

Social Security Claims and Disability Lawyers in Illinois

Illinois disability appeals

Filing a disability appeal in Illinois

Which disability appeal to file in Illinois

How many disability appeals do you get in Illinois?

Getting a Disability Appeal on time in Illinois

Eligibility, approvals, and qualifications in Illinois

How to Qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI in Illinois

Can a Specific Medical Problem get you Approved for Disability in Illinois?

Eligibility and Qualifications for Disability in Illinois

Can you get disability approved in Illinois at the reconsideration level?

Miscellaneous questions about SSD SSI in Illinois

Can you get disability in Illinois on your first try?

How many Social Security Disability and SSI cases get denied in Illinois?

Disability denial in Illinois, when to get a lawyer

Social Security Disability Waiting period in Illinois

Will I lose my SSDI SSI disability benefits in Illinois when my case is reviewed?

Illinois disability hearings

How to Prepare for a Disability Hearing in Illinois

Odds of disability approval in Illinois better at a hearing vs reconsideration

Illinois disability attorney representation after being denied

Illinois mental disability

Approved for disability in Illinois with a mental condition

Mental testing for an SSDI or SSI disability claim in Illinois

Filing for Disability with depression in Illinois

Illinois disability decisions

Who makes the SSD or SSI decision in Illinois

How long does it take to get a disability decision in Illinois?

What is the Social Security Disability decision making process in Illinois?

Illinois disability, working and work credits

Work credits in Illinois to be covered for Social Security disability

How to get your disability status in Illinois

If you get and receive disability benefits in Illinois, can you work?

Can you apply for social security disability or SSI in Illinois if you are working?

Illinois disability denials

Why is Social Security Disability and SSI Denied in Illinois?

Denied on a Disability Reconsideration in Illinois

Illinois Disability Claim was Denied, Should I Reapply?

Denied the second time for Social Security Disability in Illinois