YOUR DISABILITY RIGHTS
It is important that you know your rights if you are a recipient of any Social Security services, whether Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Right to Receive Help
If the process of applying for SSD or SSI seems intimidating, it is important to remember that you have the right to receive help in applying for SSI.
Social Security Administration (SSA) will help you get documents you need to show that you meet the SSD or SSI requirements.
If you are applying for disability or blindness, Social Security will pay to have a doctor examine you if they decide that medical information is needed to make a decision. SSA will also pay your travel expenses to get his exam.
Right to Representation
You may appoint someone to help you with your SSD or SSI claim. The representative does not have to be a lawyer – people often appoint family members to assist them.
Right to Notice
The SSA will notify you in writing of any determination about your eligibility or any change in your benefit amount. Each notice will explain your appeal rights.
Right to Examine Your File
You or your representative may examine and get a copy of the information in your case file, upon request.
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