To be awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you must meet both the medical and non-medical requirements as outlined by the Social Security Administration (SSA). While you might be quite ill and meet the medical criteria to be considered disabled, you still might be denied disability benefits. A technical denial occurs when an applicant does not meet the non-medical requirements for disability benefits.
For many applicants, the pursuit of Social Security Disability benefits might require more than one application for benefits, an appeal of a decision. Some cases might even require both.
If you’re disabled and out of work, you may be eligible for financial assistance. Hundreds of conditions “automatically” qualify for disability benefits, meaning that your application’s review and approval may come in as little as 10 days. Most conditions that automatically qualify for disability benefits are terminal. Here are some examples of the types of conditions that are eligible for expedited Social Security disability qualification:
If you were denied disability benefits and then also denied benefits at your reconsideration, your claim will progress on to a disability hearing. Social Security Administration (SSA) hearings are not like regular courtroom hearings. An administrative law judge (ALJ) presides over a disability hearing.
These hearings are not open to the public, so anyone accompanying you will be left in the waiting room. These hearings are usually held in small conference rooms or might sometimes be done by video conferencing.
If you're disabled and no longer capable of working, you may be wondering how the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides if you're disabled and no longer able to work. You may be surprised to know that there are many layers to disability approval, and no two cases are the same. The SSA will use its own medical manual, evaluations, and your work history to determine if you're disabled and unable to maintain employment.