Re: Final Determination Stage..what is that?
Recieving a phone call after a application is filed is common. Social Security finishes up the application by asking specific questions pertaining to a claim. After that part is done the claim is sent to Disability Determination Services and someone looks over the claim with a fine tooth comb. If their is plenty of medical evidence and your found to be disabled under social security's standard your claim goes back to the field office and someone there will calculate your benefit amount, then it is sent to a payment processing center. If thier is not enough medical evidence then the DDS worker with send you to a CE , a CE is a medical professional who works for social security, it could be for a mental health exam or a physical exam. They wil ask a lot of questions then make a report , THEN it goes back to DDS for a final determination. If the claim is denied . a letter will be sent in the mail telling you why it was denied , the claim stays at the DDS until their is a appeal , a appeal needs to be done within 60 days, then anther person from DDS looks at the claim again. This is called the reconsideration stage. If the claim is denied again you can still appeal that decision and go before a judge.
The first application takes 5-6 months , their is a wait time of 5 months where no benefits are paid.
Last edited by mod85; 10-07-2011 at 03:15 PM.