The Social Security Disability Application Process
At Ricks Disability Aid, we understand how complicated the Social Security Disability Application process can be. Here is an overview of the Social Security’s Appeal process.
Application Filed with SSA
An application is filed with the SSA office which has jurisdiction over your area. They will evaluate your claim for the technical requirements for disability.
If the case passes technical review, the local SSA office will transfer the case to the state Disability Determination Services (DDS) for medical review. The case is reviewed by doctors and adjudicators who make the determination of whether or not you are disabled.
If the claim is denied at the Initial stage of the process, it is appealed and sent back to DDS for another medical review. Different doctors and adjudicators review the case who again make the determination of whether or not you are disabled.
Hearing by Administrative Law Judge
If the claim is denied at the Reconsideration stage of the process, it is appealed and sent to the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) with a request for a hearing by Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ will hold a hearing with us to review the evidence and to hear your testimony. The ALJ will make a decision of whether or not you are disabled, often with the use of medical and vocational expert witnesses.