Getting approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Virginia is the first step in receiving your monthly disability benefit payments. Below we talk about Virginia’s Social Security Disability Award process, which is complicated and often time consuming.
After Disability Determination Services (DDS) or the Social Security Administration (SSA) reaches a decision on your application, you will receive a notice of decision.
If you had a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) at the Richmond VA, Norfolk VA, Charlottesville VA, or Roanoke VA hearing office, then the ALJ will issue a notice of decision. The ALJ will state whether his or her decision is Fully Favorable, Partially Favorable, or Unfavorable.
A fully favorable decision means the ALJ has approved your claim with the onset date of disability of you alleged when you filed your application for disability benefits. It is important that you have medical evidence that supports your alleged onset date of disability and the physical disability and mental disorders that you allege keep you from working.
A partially favorable decision means the ALJ has found you disabled, but not as of the date you alleged you became disabled in your application for benefits.