If you have applied for Social Security disability benefits, you may wonder just how the determination is made as to whether or not you qualify. Below is some important information on that topic.
Once your application is submitted, the agency reviews it to ensure that you meet the requirements to receive benefits. Your work history has to be verified to make sure that you have worked long enough to qualify.
Any current work activities you're presently still able to perform will also be evaluated during this review process. If it is determined that you do in fact meet the requirements, your application will be processed and forwarded on to your state's Disability Determination Services office.
The state agency makes the initial determination regarding your disability status. Disability specialists and physicians in your area query your health care providers about your health status and prognosis.
The medical evidence submitted by facilities and providers where you received treatment will all be used to determine your disability status. Things that are considered include the nature of your condition(s), the duration and ways in which your condition hampers your ability to work and engage in other activities.
Test results will be scrutinized and your ability to do simple activities associated with gainful employment like sitting, walking, standing, lifting, carrying and carrying out instructions will all be weighed as well.
If this sounds complex and exhaustive, you're right. If you were injured on the job and can no longer work due to the injury, you might need to file claims for workers' compensation while you await the final determination on your claim for Social Security disability benefits.
Source: Social Security Administration, "Social Secuirty DIsability Benefits," accessed July 15, 2016