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Social Security Disability Decisions

No one wishes for disability but there are circumstances out of a person’s control that makes disability happen. Having any kind of disability can be a very sad and hard thing for the family and especially for the disabled person himself. In order to somehow, ease the burden of a person in this kind of situation, the government established the Social Security Administration. This is the agency that regulates retirement benefits as well as disability benefits. The social security disability decisions made by the Administration only lies in two ways, either to award the disability benefits or not. The decisions they make only depends on the claimant himself, the evidences or proofs of the disability and his actual situation.

The social security disability decisions made is also dependent on the separate investigation conducted by the Disability Determination Services (DDS). Any benefit claim filed is processed by the field offices but it is the DDS that evaluates and makes the initial determination whether the claim is valid based on evidences gathered. The DDS will gather information from the claimant’s own medical sources, however, if the data gathered there proves to be insufficient, they will organize a consultative examination to get further information.  

Each program provided by the Social Security has corresponding requirements that must be met. There are several criteria that a claimant must be able to meet when applying for the disability programs like SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Furthermore, in order for social security disability decisions to be favorable, a claimant can make use of a lawyer’s assistance. However, if you are a claimant and you think that the decision is not in your favor, you can still apply for an appeal for reconsideration of the decision.
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