Unfortunately, there are complex application processes associated with applying for either disability benefits or Supplement Security Income. Fortunately, the process of applying for Social Security disability or SSD benefits provides several levels of appeal when a disabled individual has been turned down for benefits. Understanding the process step-by-step can help it proceed more smoothly and can lead to a more successful outcome for applicants.
In general, to be eligible to receive SSD benefits, applicants must be unable to work because of a severe disability that is expected to last longer than 12 months or result in death. The application process begins with an initial application, which includes medical records concerning the physical or mental medical condition being claimed. Once submitted, the claim is reviewed and may be approved or denied for benefits. Most initial claims for SSD benefits are denied, so it is important for applicants not be be discouraged but rather become familiar with the appeals portion of the process.