Receiving disability for a physical or mental impairment is important to the livelihood of many Americans. Knowing the steps to receiving a favorable social security disability determination is key to the applicant’s success. If your medical condition prevents you from working for at least one year, or your medical condition is expected to result in death, you may qualify for disability. Patience and perseverance is important through the application process.
The Blue Book
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a manual called the Blue Book that lists the physical and mental impairments to qualify someone for disability benefits. The good news is that not all impairments are listed in this manual, so don’t get discouraged if your unique situation is not included. Various medical conditions such as asthma, dermatitis, cancer, depression, anxiety and more are currently on the approved Blue Book list.
Submitting Your Application
You can visit a Social Security Administration field office in your local town or a state-ran Disability Determination Services (DDS) office. Filing online is also available if your medical condition does not allow for physical mobility to an office location.
The application will ask for a description of your impairment(s), treatments and other information related to the alleged disability. You will also be asked for non-medical eligibility information such as your age, employment and marital status. Once you fill out the application, the case will be sent to the DDS office for evaluation. This process can take 30 to 90 days.
Verification of Eligibility
The DDS will look into your medical records as evidence to your social security disability determination. If the evidence is unavailable or insufficient in making an initial determination, the DDS will ask for a consultative examination by your healthcare professional. Keep in mind that the DDS can also decide to call their own specialist to conduct this examination.
Whether the DDS automatically grants benefits from your application, or you are granted benefits after a consultative examination, the SSA will determine the benefit amount and begin paying benefits. If you are not eligible for disability benefits, the file will be kept at the SSA field office in the event that you would like to appeal the decision.
If you are found ineligible to receive disability benefits, you can ask for a Reconsideration which is an appeal to the determination by speaking to the SSA field office. There is a window of 60 days to open a Reconsideration after you receive notice that you are not eligible.
If you need help navigating social security disability laws and to get additional assistance, contact Fred London Law today.