Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not.
After submitting your Social Security Disability application, a representative will evaluate your application to see if you meet the basic requirements. They will also evaluate your current monthly income.
Once it has been determined that you meet the basic requirements your application is transferred to Disability Determination Services (DDS), the next level of evaluation. The DDS will make the initial determination of eligibility for your claim. First a DDS examiner will decide if all the information and documents required have been submitted. The DDS examiner may also request other information from you or your health care providers, as necessary, to evaluate your claim.
If the DDS examiner finds that they cannot determine an outcome based on the information already submitted, they may request additional information from you and your doctors. They may also request a consultive examination which may or may not be performed by your primary physician.
The DDS evaluation process can take up to six months and sometimes even longer, before a decision is made on your case and the majority of all claims are denied, at least initially. If your claim has been denied your next option is to appeal the decision.
If you wish to appeal, you must make your request, in writing, within 60 days from the date you receive the denial letter. Generally, there are four levels of appeal.
- Hearing by an administrative law judge
- Review by the Appeals Council
- Federal Court review
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