When Your Social Security Disability Application Is Filed
Once the applicant files the initial application and other required documents for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) with the Social Security Administration, (SSA), SSA will refer to the application as a “Claim” and the applicant as the “Claimant”. SSA will schedule a telephone conference with the Claimant to review the information provided in the Claim. If an attorney/representative is assisting the Claimant at the initial application stage, the conference between the Claimant and SSA usually occurs without the attorney/representative.
After the Claimant’s telephone conference with SSA, SSA will request the Claimant’s medical records. SSA will send the Claimant’s file and medical records to the Disability Determining Service (DDS). DDS will conduct a medical review of the Claim and determine eligibility.
We provide this information as a public service. The information provided in this material is of a general nature. All claims for social security disability benefits have unique facts. For specific questions about your claim, you should consult with the Social Security Administration or your representative.
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