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The Disability Determination Process

If you’re applying for a Social Security Disability claim, you may find the disability determination process a little complex. How are disability determinations made, and how does a disability evaluation work for people who are seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?

According to the Social Security Administration, most SSD claims are processed through local Social Security Administration field offices and disability determination services, which are state agencies responsible for determining whether a person is disabled under the law.

Here’s what happens during the disability determination process:

  • Field office representatives receive your application, which you can submit in person, online, through the mail or by phone.
  • On your application, you provide a description of your disability, your treatment sources and any other information relevant to your impairment.
  • The field office verifies your nonmedical eligibility requirements, including information such as your age, your employment and marital status, and your Social Security coverage.
  • A disability determination services representative then works to obtain evidence of your disability, usually through your own treatment sources first, and then, if more evidence is required, through a consultative examination.
  • A determination of disability is made and your claim is sent back to the field offices.

If a determination of disability has been made, the Social Security Administration office computes the amount of the benefit to which you are entitled and begins paying your benefits. If you are not found to be disabled, you can appeal this determination.

Applying for a Social Security Disability claim can be confusing and complex. Call a Tennessee Social Security claims attorney who can guide you through the process and help you get the benefits to which you are entitled.

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