The Disability Evaluation Process

Eligibility for Social Security Disability in Oklahoma City

In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, you will need to meet certain requirements in terms of your disability. You must provide evidence of total disability. Both of these programs require for an applicant to be permanently or totally disabled in order to qualify. A temporary or partial disability will not qualify an applicant to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

An Oklahoma City Social Security Disability lawyer at our law firm can help you with your application in demonstrating that you are eligible to receive benefits based upon your disability. We can help you through the disability evaluation process. The Social Security Field Office will conduct an initial review of the application to determine non-medical eligibility requirements. Medical requirements will be reviewed by the State Disability Determination Services (DDS) office.

About the DDS Office in Oklahoma

DDS offices are state agencies fully funded by the federal government that are responsible for reviewing all medical information to determine whether the claimant is disabled under Social Security requirements. The DDS will attempt to render a decision based upon the claimant's own medical sources. If there is insufficient evidence to make a determination of disability, the DDS may arrange for a consultative examination to obtain additional information.

If the DDS has found that the claimant is disabled, it will return the case to the field office to take appropriate action. The benefit amount will then be calculated and paid. If the DDS finds insufficient evidence that the claimant is disabled, the case will remain at the field office so the claimant can appeal the decision if necessary. Contact an Oklahoma City Social Security Disability attorney from our team at the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote to learn more about what to expect during the disability evaluation process.

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