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Do I qualify for disability benefits?

You may qualify for disability benefits if you are not able to work due to a severe disability that is expected to last at least 12 months, or end in death. Other considerations include: Your age (under 65) If you have worked at least 5 of the past 10 years If you have been seeing a doctor Read More…

Disability Determination Services (DDS)

DDS stands for Disability Determination Services. This is the department that decides whether a person is medically eligible – physically or mentally – to qualify for disability benefits. Applications for disability benefits are first submitted to the claimant’s local Social Security field offices, where the non-medical facts (age, employment, marital status, etc.) are verified. Then the Read More…

What is a Consultative Exam?

A Consultative Exam (CE) is a medical examination performed by a doctor who is contracted by the Social Security Administration. Some people who have applied for social security disability benefits are asked to have a consultative exam by the DDS examiner who is handling their claim. Not every claimant will be asked to go for a Read More…

Social Security Disability and Depression

If you have severe depression, you might be able to get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If your depression can be controlled by medication, then chances are your application for disability will be denied. Don’t assume that a prescription for anti-depressants from your family doctor will automatically qualify you for benefits. If Read More…

Compassionate Allowances

The process of applying for disability benefits can be lengthy. Because of this, the Social Security Administration has a list of Compassionate Allowances (CAL) that qualify for a fast track to disability benefits. When a claimant has a condition that is listed under compassionate allowances, the claimant is automatically approved. This allows the SSA to quickly identify Read More…

Residual Functional Capacity Form

A Residual Functional Capacity Form (RFC) is part of the Disability Determination examiner’s report that approves or denies your claim. It assesses your functional capacity to work after accounting for your mental or physical disability. The DDS examiner will ask a DDS physician or psychiatrist to complete the form. The physician will review your medical evidence and records, and rate Read More…