Filing for Social Security disability doesn’t need to be a complicated process. Usually, people make it more complicated than it needs to be. This process always begins with your initial communication with the Social Security Administration at one of their offices. This is the Social Security disability process overview.
Starting the Process.
The two primary methods of filing your first claim are either by phone or by showing up in person. Many will tell you that it’s hard to get through to the Social Security Administration by phone and that it’s better for you to do this in person. However, the phone is generally more convenient – if you can get through.
The trick to getting through is by calling as soon as they open – you can avoid some pretty long wait times by doing that. If you do manage to get through, you may even be able to arrange for a phone interview and avoid the office altogether. If you’re filing for SSD and you have enough work credits, you may file online.
Disability Determination Process.
Applications are sent to Disability Determination Services (DDS). Your particular application will be assigned to a disability claims examiner. These are the people who make the initial decision on cases sent to the Social Security Administration. The amount of time that this process takes can vary considerably. Major factors that come into play include, whether the application is filled out completely and accurately, how easily the disability claim examiner can get a hold of your medical records, and more.
As a standard practice, the examiners at DDS will send you a letter that says the process will take between 90 to 120 days.
The DDS examiner knows exactly where you are in the process – they’re the ones that can best provide this information.
What DDS Does.
There are several things that the examiner will do. They will send many detailed letters to hospitals, doctors and clinics attempting to get as much information about the case as possible. They may make calls to the claimant’s family, friends and relatives. The may make phone calls to medical specialists. Even after all of this, DDS may send the applicant to a medical examination paid for by the DDS so that DDS may obtain more information about your claim. After all of the information is gathered, a decision is made. For many people, this marks the beginning of the appeals process.
If you are denied disability benefits, then contact London Disability today.
- Phone: 877-978-3136
- FAX: (410) 752-0465
- Email: info@LondonDisability.com