HOW THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM HANDLES A DISABILITY CLAIM?
A claimant files a claim for Disability Insurance Benefits, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits either at a local Social Security office, online (SSA.gov), or by telephone (800 772-1213). The file is then forwarded to the state Disability Evaluation Division to gather medical evidence. This evidence is reviewed by a staff doctor who is budgeted only a few minutes to determine whether a claimant is disabled or not. The vast majority of claims are denied.