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Benefit recipients may need to wait for their first payment

There are many factors that may determine how quickly a California resident may receive their disability benefits. For example, those who had their initial applications approved will generally get benefits quicker than those who were approved at a hearing. This is because an approval is not immediately sent for processing. Instead, the decision is created by a separate entity who then sends it to a judge for approval.

Severe impairment needed to receive disability benefits

People in California who are unable to work due to their disabilities may wonder what they need to show in order to be approved to receive Social Security Disability Insurance. The severity of a person's medical condition is one of the major components of a successful claim for benefits. It is the first issue taken up by disability examiners for the Social Security Administration when assessing a new application, especially when making a medical vocational allowance.

Appealing a denial notice for SSD benefits

When people in California apply for Social Security Disability benefits, the funds are often much-needed, especially as the applicant can no longer return to work. However, many people are denied when applying for SSD, especially at the first stages of the process. The majority of claims are denied at the first level of benefits application, and even more are denied under a reconsideration appeal. However, moving further in the process allows applicants the ability to present more information and strengthen their case, giving a higher likelihood of a successful outcome.

Applying for Social Security Disability: The first steps

The path from the first steps of a Social Security Disability claim to final approval can be challenging for California applicants. However, understanding what happens after a claim is submitted can help people feel as if they have a better grasp of the process taking place. When people first apply for SSD benefits, their application is sent to disability determination services, a state agency, for further processing. A caseworker or disability examiner will be assigned to the claimant's application to review materials and investigate the file.

Does a fast SSD benefits denial mean a weak claim?

When people apply for Social Security disability benefits in California, they may be worried if they receive a quick denial. The process of applying for SSD benefits is known to be lengthy, so applicants may believe that a quick response indicates that they have a particularly weak case. However, the speed at which people receive a response is often entirely unrelated to the merits of their disability claim. Applications for SSD benefits are handled at the first levels by disability examiners who work for disability determination services.

Moving forward after an SSD benefits denial

Applying for Social Security Disability can be an arduous process for many people in California, especially since a large portion of applicants receive denials at the initial level. After receiving a denial, people can either file a new disability application or seek a disability appeal. A new claim generally involves significantly more work or time than filing for an appeal, because the whole process needs to start from the beginning, including completing a new application for disability benefits.

A deteriorating mental condition can be disabling

The Social Security Disability list of impairments sets forth medical conditions that, if met by a disability claimant, generally qualify that person for disability benefits. Categorized by bodily system or function, the list includes mental disorders among the disabling conditions. One problem is that most California claimants suffer from conditions that do not precisely match up with the list's requirements. If that is the case, medical records must be evaluated to gain more specific information about the claimant's condition.

High court to hear SSDI arguments

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case that addresses an important part of the Social Security Disability Insurance hearing process. The issue in the case, which is relevant in Social Security actions in California and across the U.S., is whether a vocational expert's opinion can be relied upon if the expert does not provide the data that led to his or her opinion.

A medical source statement can assist a disability application

People in California applying for Social Security disability benefits may want to do everything they can to bolster their applications. A medical source statement is a document created by a physician that helps to show an applicant's medical condition. It includes a number of factors, including the person's diagnosis and his or her capabilities and functional deficits.

Approval for Social Security disability without a hearing

Many Americans living in California apply for Social Security disability when they become unable to work. There are several stages of the application process. Most applications are approved after a hearing with an administrative law judge, but some are approved right away without a hearing.

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