What Is the Social Security Disability Claim Process?

March 3, 2014

Studies form the Social Security Administration (SSA) show there is a one-in-four chance that Americans will become disabled prior to reaching age 67. For many, this could require the need to file a Social Security Disability Claim, but the process to receive benefits can be arduous.

First, a Social Security Disability application must be completed. This can be done at a local SSA office or online. The information given on the forms will then be verified before the case is sent to Disability Determination Services to be examined further.

Claims processors will then work to discern if the disability is severe enough to qualify for benefits. This process often takes several months or even years. The case will then be returned to the SSA, where if approved, benefits will be calculated and dispersed.

Many applicants are denied benefits, though. Records indicate that as many as 60 percent of initial claims receive a denial. If this occurs, the claimant has an opportunity to appeal the decision.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand how complicated the Social Security Disability process can be. That is why the firm urges anyone considering applying for benefits or who have had a claim denied in the past to discuss their legal options with an attorney.

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