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What happens during the disability application process?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2022 | Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that offers funding for disabilities that make it difficult to hold gainful employment. In order to be eligible for benefits, applicants must meet certain criteria. This entails an SSDI application process, during which the agency reviews information to make a decision.

There are many steps to the application process, so it is important for you to be aware of them. Here are a few things you can expect after submitting an application.

Gathering info and submitting application

You must provide the right information to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to ensure they make an informed decision. This includes personal information regarding yourself and family members, including spouses and children. You must also provide information about your work history, both current and former.

The SSA also requires information about the medical condition that makes it challenging for you to earn a living. There are many approved medical conditions listed, so finding yours is beneficial. However, the SSA still offers benefits to people with unapproved medical conditions. In this case, you must show how the condition affects your life and your ability to hold employment.

Reviewing application and supporting documents

Upon receiving your application and documents, the SSA will begin reviewing items. They will compare your answers and information to a checklist containing basic requirements. Upon determining whether you meet these requirements, the SSA will review other aspects, such as your work background and current employment.

When the review is complete, you will receive the decision. If the SSA approved the application, you will receive support. If not, you can take steps to appeal their decision by presenting additional information to strengthen your claim.