I Applied for New England SSA Disability: What Are They Doing?
Unable to work any longer because of your disability, you’ve realized you just can’t make it on your own. Although the decision wasn’t easy—you don’t want to rely on the government to live—you’ve applied for New England Social Security disability. Why is it taking so long to hear back? What the heck are they doing, anyway?
The answer to these questions lies in the SSA disability determination process. By understanding how the decision is made to determine if you are disabled, you might have a better understanding of what is going on with your case.
How does the SSA decide if you are disabled?
Your Social Security disability application has a long road to travel once you’ve submitted it. Here are some of the key steps in determining disability:
- Typically, your application will be processed initially by a representative in your local SSA field office. He or she will verify your age, employment record, marital status, SSA coverage information, and any other nonmedical eligibility requirements.
- The application is then sent to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) office in your state, where your medical evidence will be evaluated. This begins with collecting information from the medical sources you’ve provided.
- If the information you’ve provided is incomplete or inadequate, the DDS office will arrange for you to have a consultative examination (CE) to gather additional information. The SSA prefers that your own medical sources conduct the CE, but if this does not work, you’ll be sent to an independent source chosen by the SSA.
- After your medical evidence has been assessed, the DDS office will return your case to the local field office. If it has been determined that you are, indeed, disabled under SSA guidelines, your benefits will be calculated and payments will begin. If, however, the DDS office finds that you are not disabled under the guidelines, the field office will retain your case file in case you choose to appeal the decision.
What can a Social Security disability lawyer do to help?
- First, a New England disability specialist can help you by serving as a go-between for you and the SSA. We will check the status of your claim.
- We can also evaluate your medical evidence and help you to fill in any gaps and be sure the DDS has the most complete records possible.
- Because the vast majority of initial SSA disability applications are denied the first time around, we can, if necessary, appeal the decision and take it as far as necessary to win your claim.
If you’ve applied for New England Social Security disability and it seems like you will never get an answer, call Keefe Disability Law, toll free, at 888-904-6847. Located outside Boston, we serve clients throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. Don’t wait until you receive a denial; let us get started working for you today.