For the goal of attaining benefits in a program where admission is based on a disability, if the applicant is not required to visit a social security, or other doctor, this is good sign that benefits will be granted. Not seeing an additional doctor may expedite the decision-making process.
Social Security maintains a Disability Determination Services offices where decisions as to whether or not benefits will be provided to individuals are made. The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, Inc. reports that these decisions are made on standardized criteria. There is very little decision-making performed, and administrators are simply charged with the responsibility of upholding a set of guidelines and standards. There is waiting period of six full months of disability before disability payments can be made.