Indiana residents who are filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits may wonder how the process takes place. The application will be taken by a Social Security claims representative if a person files an application by phone or in person at a local Social Security office. This representative is responsible for taking information regarding a person’s disabling condition, the medical treatment they have received and their work history. Their job is not to process a person’s disability determination but to get it ready for a medical determination.

Each state has an agency that is known as the Bureau of Disability Determination, Disability Determination Division or Disability Determination Services. No matter what it is called locally, the Social Security Administration uses this agency to make medical decisions on claims. Each claim that is received is assigned to a disability examiner. These individuals work in a similar way to insurance claims managers. They have received training that allows them to interpret vocational data and medical records.

The disability examiner has the responsibility of gathering information regarding the claimant’s case. They will request medical records and treatment sources that the claimant provided during the disability interview. Other evidence they will gather includes the claimant’s relevant work history, which typically goes back 15 years, and information regarding their daily activities. Gathering this information can take time.

People who have questions about Social Security disability may want to speak with an attorney. SSD claims are usually denied at the initial level, and legal counsel could be of assistance when appealing that decision.