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How does the Social Security Administration evaluate a claim?

On Behalf of | Oct 28, 2021 | Social Security Disability, Social Security Disability Benefits For Mental Conditions

When the Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, the agency includes many aspects of your disability in the evaluation process.

You want the process to go smoothly and the information you provide can increase your chances for approval.

About the application

When you file a claim for SSDI benefits, you complete an application, which you will submit to the SSA along with additional paperwork. A phone or online interview will follow. You can help yourself by providing as much documentation about your symptoms as possible and explaining how your disability affects your daily life. You can add your doctor’s notes to your claim as well as records of the medications you take.

Different offices and responsibilities

Your claim for SSDI benefits will go through the SSA field office and a state agency known as the Disability Determination Services (DDS). Field offices are responsible for verifying your age, marital status, employment, and Social Security coverage. Once the field office has reviewed your claim, it goes to the DDS. This agency is in charge of developing medical evidence that supports your claim and for making the initial determination as to whether you are disabled or blind.

The onset date is important

An application for SSDI benefits contains questions about the “onset date.” This is the date you became unable to work due to your illness or injury and will determine the amount of back pay you can expect to receive. Establishing the onset date is one of many steps you can take. With legal guidance, you can complete the application according to SSA requirements and file your claim for benefits with confidence.

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