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What to Expect
When the Social Security Administration receives an initial disability application it is first reviewed to see whether or not the applicant has worked enough to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits or meets the requirements for Supplemental Social Security Income. If the necessary criteria are met, the application is sent to a branch of Social Security called Disability Determination Services (DDS) for review.
The DDS office reviews the information and medical records provided with the application. DDS will request information on your daily activities and additional information regarding your work history. If the examiner reviewing your case does not have enough medical documentation to make a determination, you may be referred for a consultative exam.
You will receive a decision in writing within 3 to 6 months after filing your initial application.
If your initial disability application is denied, a request for reconsideration must be filed within 60 days of the initial denial notice.
At reconsideration applications are reviewed by a different DDS examiner. During the reconsideration process you will want to provide updated information regarding visits to your doctor or information on any new treatment that you have received. You will again be asked to completed forms regarding your daily activities and work history.
You will receive a decision in writing within 3 to 6 months after requesting reconsideration.
If your Social Security Disability claim is denied at the initial and reconsideration levels, you must file a request for a hearing within 60 days of the reconsideration denial.
Currently, the wait time for a hearing at the Charleston office is 11 months from the date your request for hearing was filed. When your hearing is scheduled, you will receive notice of the hearing at least twenty days prior to the scheduled date.
Your chances of success are greatly increased with proper legal representation at all levels of the application process.
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Learn more about The Social Security Disability Claims Process by reviewing this series of videos provided by The Social Security Administration: