West Virginia Disability Claim Advocates

Essential Things to Know About Social Security Disability Claims in West Virginia

West Virginia Disability Claim Advocates: The Social Security Administration, together with the Disability Determination Section, decides the medical eligibility for all West Virginians claiming for social security disability. Every year, the Disability Determination Section receives thousands of claims. The staff goes through all the applications and offers individualized, tailor-made services according to the health condition of the applicant.

Eligibility for Social Security Disability claims

There are two ongoing programs under this category:

Supplemental Security Income – this is for disabled adults and children who have limited to no income or resource.
Social Security Disability Insurance – this policy benefits people who worked for a considerable amount of time and also paid their Social Security taxes. Their registered family members also benefit from this program.

Social Security Disability Claims in West Virginia aim to improve both medical and non-medical conditions. Although some of the non-medical factors, such as resources and personal income, are calculated differently according to different individuals, all the medical factors follow a basic investigation process. If you want to qualify for any of the above-mentioned programs, the members from the Disability Determination Section should find you unable to work for a minimum of 12 months. This can be due to physical, mental, or a combined impairment.

Application process

You can visit the Social Security Administration website to know more about the eligibility criteria. If you think they meet your health conditions, you need to fill out the application form available on their website. The rules and regulations set by the Congress apply to all the states processing Social Security Disability claims.

• The first step to filing for the Social Security Disability claim starts by contacting your Social Security Administration.
• You can visit their official website and apply online.
• If you are not tech-savvy, you can call on 1-800-772-1213.
• If neither of the above works, visit your nearest Social Security Office to apply for your claim.

Determining your disability

When the Disability Determination Section opens your case, they will forward it to Disability Determination Service to inspect whether your medical condition meets the disability requirements. They use a list of impairments to check if you become eligible for the claim. If you are 25% disable according to their criteria, your application will not pass. They consider a variety of medical conditions and also consult disability evaluation specialists before passing the claim.

The disability evaluation specialist may also contact you to find out more about your health condition. He/she will ask several questions about your illness, for how many years you are suffering, the doctors you go to, and many other things.

If the impairments are severe enough and already meet the requirements mentioned on the listings, the evaluator will not contact the claimant. Depending on the report from the evaluation specialist, the Disability Determination Section will finalize your claim. However, if your health conditions don’t meet the listing requirements, you can re-appeal to consider your request again. But, you should do it within 60 days from the day you get the final report from the Disability Determination Section.

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