In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits, individuals must undergo an evaluation, including an assessment by a medical professional. Based on that information, the Social Security Administration determines the level of benefits a person with disabilities receives.
The process of determining disability can be complex, especially if you disagree with the results of your evaluation.
Determination of disability
First, you should file an application through the Social Security Administration. Then, local field agencies process your claim. You can file a claim online, through the mail, over the phone or in person. After the local agency checks that your application is truthful and that you meet eligibility requirements, they send your claim to the disability determination service. When possible, the Social Security Administration uses information from your health care provider to verify your claims. However, if the service requires more evidence to make a determination, you might need additional evaluation from a medical professional.
Fighting for your interests
If you disagree with the outcome of your Social Security evaluation, there are multiple ways you can contest the result and obtain the support you need. A state-level agency can review your application and decide if it qualifies for reconsideration. Furthermore, an administrative judge can give your case a hearing. You can also request an appeal and have a council evaluation your claim and the determination. Further legal action, including judicial review, is also possible. Consider consulting an attorney regarding your case if you are considering contesting your disability determination.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is not an easy process. Nevertheless, advocating for your interests and getting the support you need is important.