If you are trying to apply for and win disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, you probably have many questions about how to file an application for benefits, how the process works, who is eligible for disability payments, how to appeal a denial letter or denied claim, and more. This page covers the most common questions to help you better understand how to win your disability claim as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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Social Security Disability Questions & Answers
Here is some more information about the Social Security disability process. You may learn something to improve your chances of a successful disability case.
When Is a Person Considered Disabled by Social Security Disability?
To qualify for Social Security Disability with the Social Security Administration, the claimant must have an impairment, either physical or mental (psychological or psychiatric) in nature, that meets the SSA’s definition of disability.
What Is the Difference Between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) and SSI?
Both SSI and SSDI are disability programs with the Social Security Administration, and both offer cash benefits for disabled individuals; however, the financial eligibility requirements are very different under each.
Who Determines Whether I’m Disabled?
Claims examiners at the state disability determination services agency determine whether you are medically eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSI benefits.
When Should You Apply for Social Security Disability or SSI?
Social Security disability cases can take an incredibly long time to complete. In Northwest Florida, it can take up to two years or longer to have a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. In short, it is wise to apply as early as possible to get benefits faster.
How do I apply for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
To apply for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSI benefits, contact your local Social Security District Office and tell them that you wish to file an application.
How Long Will It Take to Get a Decision for Social Security Disability?
In many parts of the United States, the Social Security initial application and appeals process is taking longer due to a steep rise in the overall number disability claims.
What Is Disability Determination Services?
DDS is the state agency that decides disability claims for Social Security.
What Kind of Evidence Is Used to Evaluate and Decide a Social Security Disability Benefit Claim?
For a Social Security disability case, medical evidence that will be considered takes many forms, including physician treatment notes, mental health records, bloodwork panels, and imaging results.
What Are Some Financial Assistance Resources While Waiting on a Decision on My Disability Case?
There are few sources of assistance for those seeking Social Security Disability benefits.
Are Certain Conditions Automatically Approved for Social Security Disability?
There is not automatic approval, but there are conditions more likely to win earlier in the evaluation process if they satisfy all of the requirements of Social Security’s Listings of Impairment are are listed under SSA’s Compassionate Allowances List.
What is the Role of a Social Security Administration Claims Representative on a Disability Claim?
The SSA Claims Representative (also called a field rep) verifies your basic non-medical eligibility for benefits and forwards your case to DDS.
If I Can Only Work Part Time But Not Full Time, Can I Still Qualify For Disability Benefits?
You may qualify for disability benefits if you can only work part time, but are not able to do full time work or Substantial Gainful Activity.
Do I Qualify for Disability Benefits After a Car Accident?
You may qualify for Social Security or SSI benefits if you suffer injuries in a car accident that keep you from being able to do full time work and your injuries have lasted or are expected to last over one year.
More Questions & Answers…
More information and answers to additional common Social Security Disability questions.
Questions on Appeals and Denials
What Do I Do If My Social Security Disability or SSI Application is Denied?
If your application for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits is denied, you should request an appeal immediately, within the 60-day deadline.
How Long Does an Appeal For Social Security Disability or SSI Take?
The length of time for an appeal depends on the various factors, including the type of claim, the amount of medical records, and the workload of your claims examiner.
Will I Need to File More than one Social Security Disability Appeal?
Generally speaking, if you are denied on your initial claim for disability benefits, you will probably be denied on your first appeal called a Request for Reconsideration as well (in Northwest Florida, Requests for Reconsideration are approved approximately 10% of the time).
I Was Found Totally and Permanently Disabled in a Comp Claim, So Why Wasn’t I Approved For Social Security Disability?
Being found totally and permanently disabled in worker’s compensation (or workers’ comp) claim does not necessarily mean you qualify for Social Security or SSI disability.