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What happens when applying for SSD benefits?

The Social Security Administrations provides qualifying Charlotte residents with two different types of benefits to help them when injuries keep them from working. Those benefits include Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability benefits. Our readers may need to get more information about their potential to qualify for these benefits before beginning the application process for either.

An application or request for benefits will first be considered at a regional office. Individuals who work at those offices will review the data contained in the claimants' applications and will evaluate their medical evidence to determine if the claimants are disabled under the requirements of the Social Security laws.

If a Social Security worker cannot determine that a claimant is disabled, the SSA may request that the claimant attend a consultative evaluation. A consultative evaluation is an additional medical review that can either provide the Social Security Administration with the information it needs to approve a disability claim, or deny it.

A positive outcome through this process will result in the claimant being paid Social Security benefits. A negative outcome may result in the rejection of the claimant's application.

A claimant whose initial application is denied may wish to appeal the Social Security Administration's decision to a higher office. An appeal may require that the claimant provide more evidence of the claimed disability in order to convince the new reviewing entity that benefits are necessary.

Disabled Charlotte residents do not have to endure this process alone. Deciding to apply, how to include evidence of a qualifying medical condition and whether or not to appeal a decision can all be challenging determinations to make. Getting the right information about Social Security Disability benefits law can help Charlotte residents work through the difficult but important process of seeking the benefits they need.

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