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.

For example you may allege that you became disabled on January 1, 2014. If the ALJ finds you became disabled on November 1, 2014, then he will issue a partially favorable decision. With a partially favorable decision you will receive less back pay than you would get with a fully favorable decision.

An unfavorable decision means the ALJ denied your claim.

If you received a fully favorable or partially favorable decision, you will next receive a Social Security Disability Award Letter or SSI Award Letter. This award notice will tell you the amount of your monthly disability benefit payment. Read the articles we linked to for additional information on what you will find in the award notice.

We represent disabled adults and children throughout Central Virginia, the Peninsula, and Hampton Roads. If you’re looking for a Richmond Social Security Disability Lawyer or Newport News Social Security Disability Attorney, call or e-mail us now.