Certain Disabilities Automatically Approved For SSDI?

There are no disabilities that automatically get approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  There are ones, however that are more quickly accepted.

Your disability application will be sent to and evaluated by an examiner at Disability Determination Services (DDS), who will review your medical records and work history.  The examiner will also refer to an Impairment Listing Manual that helps determine if you are disabled.  If you meet the symptoms listed as required in the manual for that disability, then you can more easily be approved for benefits.

The Disability Determination process is the same for both SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  The disability examiner will request your medical records from your hospitals, doctors, counselors, etc.  After the medical records arrive, which may take up to several months, the examiner evaluates them and references your disability in the listing.

If your disability is not in the listing or if you do not have the required symptoms for the certain disability listing, the examiner will still evaluate you case and will determine whether your residual functional capacity (RFC), will allow you to return to previous employment from your past experience.  If not, it will then be assessed if you are capable of doing a different type of employment.  SSI applicants who are turned down are mostly because it is decided that they could perform a different type of work.  If it is determined that you are disabled and cannot work, then the examiner will approve you a medical vocational allowance and your disability claim.

The quality, detail and timeliness of your records is extremely important, because they determine whether or not you will get SSI disability or not.  This is why it is wise to visit with the same doctor or medical group so they have recent and consistent medical records.  Doctor’s notes could also influence whether or not you receive SSI benefits.  The records allow the examiner to understand your current physical and mental capability, thus making the determination of receiving social security disability possible.  The better your records, the better your chance is of winning disability benefits.

If you have been denied Disability benefits, it does not have to be the end of trying.  Disability attorneys can help aid you in understanding your future options.