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The role of the CE in disability claims

California residents and others who are seeking disability benefits don't need to see a doctor before filing for them. However, it is generally a good idea to do so. Those who can't afford to see a doctor may still benefit from going to an emergency room or a free local clinic. If an applicant lacks medical records that are less than 90 days old, he or she will need to have a consultative examination (CE).

How to respond to a disability benefits denial

When an applicant for Social Security disability benefits faces an initial denial in California, there are two main ways to respond. They could file an entirely new disability claim or appeal the denial with the Social Security Administration. In order to launch a new disability claim, the applicant must repeat all of the work that went into their original application from the beginning. This includes filling out relevant forms and providing medical and employment information. The applicant will also need to provide a new medical release form to the local Social Security office before the disability determination process can begin again.

Facts about receiving benefits during an appeal

California residents who receive disability benefits will have their disability status reviewed periodically to see if their condition is improving. If an examiner finds that a condition is unlikely to improve, such a review will occur every seven years. For those with conditions that are more likely to improve, the review will occur every three years. If a person has an increase in work activity, a review may take place regardless of how much time has passed since the last one.

Understanding an SSD benefits application

When people in California apply for Social Security Disability benefits, they may wonder about the next steps for their claim. The process can be lengthy, and initial denials are common, so having more information could help people navigate the system. After an initial application is filed, a state agency that handles disability determination services takes over the claim. Here, a disability examiner is assigned to handle the case. This examiner will go over the medical sources that an applicant provided in the claim for benefits, including requesting and reviewing medical records from the applicant's treating physicians.

Understanding a quick denial of social security benefits

People in California may be unsure what it means for the strength of their claims when they receive a swift denial for a Social Security disability application. While it may be disconcerting to receive a denial soon after applying, especially as the process is often known for being lengthy, this does not necessarily mean that the applicant has a poor claim. These first-level decisions are made by a disability examiner, a staff member at disability determination services.

Filing an appeal or a new disability claim

People in California who are seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration may not obtain benefits from their initial claim. If this occurs, they should understand what steps to take next. This requires that they know the difference between submitting a new disability claim and filing an appeal for a disability claim.

SSD benefits and proof of mental disabilities

Disabled individuals in California may apply for Social Security disability benefits on the basis of a physical or mental condition that impairs their ability to work. A mental disability may be proven with medical records from an applicant's psychologist or psychiatrist, family physician and any other medical provider who has treated the applicant for the mental condition.

Supreme Court will determine an important issue in SSI hearings

In a rare event, an issue in a Social Security Disability case will be heard by the US Supreme Court. As the issue involves the common practice of utilizing the testimony of a vocational expert, the Supreme Court ruling will have a substantial impact on disability claims for those in Sacramento, California, and throughout the country.

What examiners look for when reviewing disability applications

If a California resident is applying for Social Security disability benefits, the first step is to send an application that will be reviewed by an examiner. The examiner will pay special attention to any jobs performed within the past 15 years as skills used during this period of time are generally still relevant. During the analysis of the applicant's job history, an examiner will look for job titles and dates of employment.

Social Security benefits and back pay

Many people who are no longer able to work in California due to a disability can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. When the claim is approved, the claimant is awarded back pay based on the date of onset of the disability. The onset date is determined by the administration after an examination of the claimant's medical records.

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