Disability Determination Services

If an individual is suffering from serious disabilities that prevent him or her from working, the person may choose to file for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. While many people understand that they must go through an application process before they can receive benefits, most are not aware of how this process works.

When an application for disability benefits is filed, local Social Security Administration offices and agencies within the state will process the application. These offices are usually referred to as Disability Determination Services (DDS) and are the first ones to evaluate an individual’s application. If you have been wrongly denied Social Security disability benefits, you may wish to pursue an appeal of your claim. For more information, contact the Indianapolis Social Security disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633.

Role of the Disability Determination Services

The role of the DDS is to:

  • Receive applications for Social Security disability benefits by mail, phone, or online
  • Verify non-medical requirements for eligibility
  • Examine basic medical evidence
  • Make initial determinations regarding the level of disability of the individual
  • Arrange for consultations and medical examinations if necessary

It is important to remember that if the DDS does not decide that you qualify for disability benefits, you may still be able to obtain them through appeals and legal means.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you have been wrongly denied Social Security disability benefits, contact the Indianapolis Social Security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss your case.