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How New England SSA Disability is Determined

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Patrick P. Hartwig
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If you have been approved by a disability system other than the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability program, then denied Social Security Disability benefits in New England, you may be understandably confused. Maybe workers’ compensation or the Veterans Administration has considered you disabled; naturally, you wonder why SSA has denied you. 


The answer lies in the fact that every disability rating system is different). As Rhode Island disability lawyers, we hear this complaint. To understand, you need to know how the SSA makes its decisions. 


Here are the basics of the SSA disability determination process:

  • Initial claims are fielded through a network of local Social Security field offices and State agencies.
  • These agencies or administrative law judges in the SSA Office of Disability Adjudication and Review handle the appeals of denied claims.
  • Your disability claim begins in Social Security Field Offices either in person, by telephone, by mail or online. A representative there will review the claim and verify the information in it.
  • The State Disability Determination Services (DDS) develop medical evidence, determine if there is enough of it, help you to get more if you need it, and eventually make the determination.
  • Your claim then goes back to the Field Office. If it is approved, you will begin receiving benefits. If it is not, you can make a first appeal, which is reviewed in much the same way by different people.
  • If you have to file subsequent appeals, an administrative law judge will make the decisions.


If you or a loved one has been denied New England Social Security disability benefits, it is not the end of the road. Hiring a top-notch disability lawyer can make all the difference. Call Keefe Disability Law today toll free at 888-904-6847 to see what we can do for you.

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