Do You Meet The Social Security Administration’s Definition of Being Disabled?
A disability can affect a person in many different ways. Quality of life, the ability to earn a living, families well being and financial security just to name a few. If you are indeed disabled and you are unable to work then you may be eligible for benefits through the Social Security Administration. Although you believe that you have a valid and legitimate claim to qualify for benefits, the SSA may not agree. If you are looking to secure this type of financial support through the SSA, it might be beneficial to fully understand the qualifications set by the SSA.
If you have filed for SSA disability and you were denied, do not get discouraged or feel defeated, you are just one of thousands of people that initially get denied. It is all too common for first-time applicants to be denied due to the fact that they fail to meet the SSA’s definition of disability. The entire process of filing for and being awarded disability benefits through the SSA can be a confusing and lengthy process. It would be a good idea for you to contact a Garrett Law Group Social Security attorney to help understand your rights, options while guiding you through the process.
How Does The SSA Determine If I Am Disabled?
If you feel that you do have a legitimate claim and are in fact disabled you should make sure that you meet the qualifications and requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration. According to the SSA, you must have both qualifying medical conditions and financial requirements. Most Social Security disability claims are initially processed through a network of local Social Security Administration field offices and State agencies (usually called Disability Determination Services or DDSs). Subsequent appeals of unfavorable determinations may be decided in a DDS or by an administrative law judge in SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
When deciding if a person gets disability benefits or not falls upon local and state agencies called Disability Determination Services. The DDSs use the following criteria to determine if a person meets the SSA’s qualifications:
- Evidence from medical sources that you would include in your application.
- An examination to obtain additional evidence, either from your own medical sources or from an independent source.
In addition to medical evidence, there are other factors that will be considered. Marital Status, employment, age, and other factors will be considered. If you are denied, like so many others, you are not done and left without any options, you are allowed to appeal the decision and continue to fight for the benefits that you are seeking and deserving of. The process of applying for disability is a complex and lengthy process. Do not fight this fight alone, let Jones Brown Law help you get the benefits that you and your family need and deserve.
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