Who Makes the Decision About My SSDI Claim?
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When you file a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you are beginning an often complex and frustrating process. About two-thirds of all SSDI applicants are denied the first time, and most deal with two or more denials. Many applicants wonder just who decided to deny their SSDI claim. Was it a doctor? How did they decide to deny my SSDI benefits?
If you’re confused about why you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits in Virginia or NC, schedule an SSDI consultation with the experienced social security attorneys in VA of Kalfus & Nachman to find out how we can help.
Social Security Disability Insurance – Who decides if I get SSDI benefits?
The first person to take your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance is the Social Security Claims Representative who receives your application. This is not the person who decides if you get SSDI benefits. The claims representative simply forwards your claim to the state disability agency, where it is assigned to a Disability Examiner.
The Disability Examiner is the one who writes up the decision about your SSDI benefits, and she is charged with deciding if a consultative medical examination is necessary. If so, the Disability Examiner will wait until seeing the examining physician’s medical report before determining if you have a qualifying disability for SSDI. Usually, the Disability Examiner’s decision will be reviewed by a medical professional before being finalized. However, if the Disability Examiner is considered a “single decision maker,” he may decide to approve or deny your SSDI claim without that review step.
The decision process for SSDI claims is quite different from the decision process for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims, which is based primarily on your financial situation after you have been declared disabled. The Social Security lawyers of Kalfus & Nachman are also qualified in helping you get approval for SSI.
Kalfus & Nachman Helps You Get Through the SSDI Claims Process
If this seems like a complex and convoluted process to you, our Social Security Disability Insurance attorneys can explain how each step relates to your specific case. Without the help of an SSDI law firm like Kalfus & Nachman, the Social Security Disability claims process can be extremely frustrating. You already know you can’t work because of your disability, but the government seems to need all kinds of paperwork and documentation to prove what seems obvious to you.
We will help you get all of the required paperwork and medical documentation together, making sure your claim is targeted for the appropriate type of SSDI benefits. In addition, we will take the necessary steps to file appeals if your claim is denied.
If your SSDI claim has been denied or you are planning to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance in Virginia or NC, please contact the social security lawyers in VA of Kalfus & Nachman for a free consultation to discuss your case.