When you apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Social Security Administration sends your application to Disability Determination Services (DDS). DDS is a state agency that is responsible for making disability determinations for the Social Security Administration. When they receive your application, the DDS will assign it to one of their examiners. So, a DDS examiner is responsible for deciding if your medical condition (mental or physical) qualifies you for disability benefits.
The DDS examiner will request the medical records from all of the treatment sources you listed on your application. After reviewing your medical records, the DDS examiner will either approve your application or deny your application for disability. The examiner’s decision is sent back to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the SSA will notify you of the decision by mail.
The DDS denies over 70% of disability applications. Most of these denied claims can eventually be approved if you follow the appeals process.
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