The Disability Application Process - The Five Stages

How does a video disability hearing work?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been one of the government agencies that have openly embraced technology. From online Social Security Disability applications to video disability hearings, the SSA has been successful in implementing a number of technology advances in order to streamline their processes. Many Social Security Disability applicants wonder exactly what happens at a disability hearing, and many more wonder what happens at a video disability hearing and how different a video disability hearing is from a traditional disability hearing.

How Does the SSA Determine If I Can Work?

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, there are a number of factors that the Social Security Administration (SSA) takes into consideration when determining whether or not you are capable of working. Some of these factors include your educational history, your prior work history and your age. If you want to understand how these factors affect the SSA’s decision when determining whether or not you are capable of any substantial gainful activity, the following information will offer some helpful insight.

Can I Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits Online?

While many of our government’s administrative agencies may seem stuck in the stone ages with long waiting lines and less-than-ideal service, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is one of the agencies that have joined us in the 21rst century with an array of online services. One of these services is online SSD applications. If you’ve been wondering whether or not you can apply for SSD online, the following FAQs will provide you with the information you’ve been looking for.

What Happens at a Federal Court Disability Review?

Nearly 60 to 70 percent of the disability claims that are received by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are denied each year, resulting in the need for a disability appeal. For most Social Security Disability applicants, only two stages of the appeal process are necessary, including a Request for Reconsideration and a disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). While nearly two-thirds of disability hearings are decided in the favor of the disability applicant, one-third of applicants are not awarded benefits as a result of this hearing.

What is an Appeals Council Review?

The Appeals Council is a branch of the Social Security Administration (SSA) headquartered in Virginia, whose sole purpose is to review Social Security decisions. If a Social Security disability applicant has their claim for benefits denied following their disability hearing (which is the second stage in the appeals process), the next step is to request that the Appeals Council review the judge’s decision.

What is the earliest age at which I can collect Social Security Disability Insurance?

Unfortunately, because of the vast influx of new applications and the economic uncertainty of Social Security, over 60% of disability applications are denied at the Initial Stage. Even if you suffer from a disabling condition that prevents you from working, you will most likely be denied disability benefits when you first apply. Further, 86% of those who appeal their denials and seek Reconsideration are again denied, while 37% of those who request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) are also denied.

How Long Does the Application Process for Disability Take?

Every year, the number of people applying for disability benefits seems to rise. This has led to an increase in application volume and longer wait periods. The Social Security Administration (SSA) states that you will be notified of a decision within 3 to 5 months of the application date.

Despite the statements of SSA, very rarely does the application process take less than 6 months. If you do not complete the application properly, or do not have your medical records in order, it may be up to one year before you receive a decision.