How Are Social Security Claim Decided?

Social Security Disability Attorneys Miami

shutterstock_154688501If you have applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you’re probably wondering how your claim is decided. The way the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates your claim can seem confusing without the help of someone who knows the system. At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, our Miami Social Security Disability attorneys have handled hundreds of disability claims cases and we can help you, too.

When you apply for benefits, your application is typically reviewed at a DDS (Disability Determination Services) office.

DDS offices are funded by the federal government and claims examiners at these offices evaluate your medical condition(s) to determine if you are eligible for benefits under the law. They use these five questions to determine if you are disabled:

  • Are you working?
    If you are working and earning more than a specific amount each month, the SSA will typically not consider you disabled.
  • How severe is your condition?
    To be considered disabling, your condition must severely limit your ability to work for at least one year.
  • Is your condition on the List of Impairments?
    The SSA has a list of conditions considered automatically disabling. If your condition is not on this list, the SSA will try to determine if your condition is severe enough to give you benefits.
  • Can you do the work you did before?
    Your condition must prevent you from doing the work you did before your condition began. Otherwise, you will not be considered disabled and eligible for benefits.
  • Can you do other work?
    The agency evaluating your eligibility will also attempt to determine if you are capable of doing any other work.

Having a lawyer by your side during this lengthy and complicated process may increase your chances of being approved for benefits. Contact us today and find out how our Social Security Disability attorneys in Miami can help you. 

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