The process of applying for disability benefits can take several months. The application and claim are reviewed by a local Disability Determination Services. There are Social Security offices located throughout the United States that work in partnership with the federal government. The staff work closely with applicants that are filing for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. If your application for disability benefits is denied, you can appeal that decision. The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (DDS) is part of the appeals process.
Initial review for disability is done by SSA office
The centers have different ways of operating. When you first apply for disability benefits, representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will get your application. They receive this information from the person filing at the office, in person, or online. The first step in applying for financial assistance is to go to the social security office.
An application for Social Security benefits is first reviewed by a representative from a SSA field office. This person is responsible for verifying the applicant’s non-medical eligibility requirements. They will gather information about the applicant’s job, age, Social Security, income, or relationship status. The SSA field office sends the case to the Disability Determination Service (DDS) center for the state to evaluate the disability claim.
Applications processed by Disability Determination Services
The DDS will take over from that point. These are agencies that are responsible for developing and reviewing medical evidence. The staff will also decide if the person asking for help is disabled and/or if they are blind.
The DDS center offers many different activities. They will make an effort to get evidence from the person’s doctors or medical sources first. If the first examination does not provide enough information, the Disability Determination Service will set up a more detailed examination. They may use various sources to gather information, such as doctors, independent sources, trained medical staff, or others.
The decision is made by taking into account a number of different factors. They will review a lot of information, medical records and variables. The final decision about whether or not you are disabled is made by the Disability Determination Services office. The main deciding factor for whether or not an applicant is hired is whether their experience and education have prepared them for the job. The panel will also take into account whether the person’s disability will hinder their ability to find and maintain future employment. This means that every instance of the process is different and cannot be predicted. An advocate can help to protect your rights and ensure that you are treated fairly during the legal process.
The people who work at the center will make sure the application is looked at carefully. They are closely focused on the employment issue and believe that this should be the deciding factor in approving or denying the application. This means that even if someone is able to do things like communicate and walk on their own, they might still be considered disabled if there aren’t any jobs available that match their skills. If someone has a mental or physical disability that limits their ability to work, they may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, if there is plenty of employment available in their field that they can do given their abilities, they may not qualify for SSDI. This means that an applicant may be found to be qualified for disability benefits based on their symptoms alone, without having to provide any additional medical evidence.
Review process by DDS
Many people want to know how long their case will take to be processed at the local DDS office. There is no set time frame for this. The application will be reviewed and analyzed at the office until a decision is made. This will take some time, it could be 4-5 months or even longer. If you decide to appeal the decision, it will add a few more months to the process.
You can call the Disability Determination Services center. If you are having trouble getting ahold of your DDS number, it is best to call the Social Security office where you first submitted your application. Although security protocols are in place, in rare cases an applicant may need to visit their local office to speak directly to the examiner who is processing their claim or to bring additional documentation or evidence.
The local disability examiner may contact you directly in some cases. This can happen by mail, phone, or sometimes you might need to make an appointment to come in person. The admissions committee may ask for more information, want clarification on your application, or have questions for you.
After this process is completed, the DDS centers returns the case file to the Social Security field office for appropriate action. After a claim is sent to the central office, it is then either approved or denied and sent back to the originating office to complete the process.
If the case manager at your state’s DDS office finds that the claimant is disabled, the SSA will take over and complete the process. They will decide the amount of money to give out as a benefit. This will start the process of giving benefits to the person. If your application for disability benefits is denied, both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the state Disability Determination Service (DDS) will keep records of the decision in case you decide to appeal or file a lawsuit.