What You Need To Know About Applications For Disability Benefits
When an illness or injury causes you to suffer a disability so severe that you need to rely on disability benefits, securing those benefits becomes an essential goal for you. The income from these benefits can be the safety net you need to protect yourself and provide yourself with food and shelter. When bills begin adding up, you cannot afford to wait for the benefits you need, much less the Social Security Administration (SSA) to deny your application.
The SSA actually denied a vast majority of initial applications, and far too many applicants give up at this point, even if they meet the government’s standard to disability for benefits. Moments like this are when you want to have an attorney at your side. At Disability Attorney Services, we are different from other attorneys because we want to help you with your initial application. Other lawyers may not step in until your first denial, but we are eager to help you from the very beginning to see you secure the funds you need by reducing early chances of rejection.
When applying for Social Security Disability benefits, it’s best to work with a disability attorney who can guide you through the process. A Charlotte, North Carolina, disability attorney can ensure that you have all of the information you need and avoid costly mistakes. Contact attorney Gary Brown at Disability Attorney Services today by calling 888-683-8437 to learn more about how a disability attorney can help you file an application or appeal a denial with a free initial consultation.
How To Apply For Social Security Disability
You can apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) online, by phone or in person. The application can be accessed at the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website, or you can call 1-800-772-1213. If you prefer to submit an application in person, you can go to your local Social Security office. No appointment is required; however, you may schedule an appointment ahead of time to reduce your wait time.
The benefit of working with an attorney is that they can help you gather all necessary information as well as make sure you submit an application that increases your chances of receiving benefits.
What Information Do You Need To Provide?
The disability application will ask you for information about yourself, health history, prior work experience, education and more. You will have to provide a significant amount of personal information when applying for Social Security Disability.
You will need the following information about yourself:
- Date and place of birth
- Social Security number
- Information about current and former spouses, including Social Security numbers as well as dates of birth
- Bank account number and routing number
You will also need to submit information about your medical condition(s), including:
- Contact information for anyone who knows about your medical condition
- Detailed information about all doctors, hospitals and clinics
- Names of medications you may be taking
- Information about medical tests you’ve endured
The SSA will want to know about both current and former work, including:
- How much money you’ve earned both this year and last year
- Names and addresses of employers
- Your Social Security statement, which can be obtained from the SSA
- Information about military service
- Details about all jobs you’ve had in the last 15 years
- Information about workers’ compensation and similar benefits you’ve received
What Documents Does The SSA Require?
In addition to providing the information listed above to the SSA, you will also need to have specific documents on hand. Those include:
- Your birth certificate
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status
- U.S. military discharge papers
- W-2 forms, 1099-MISC or other tax forms for the last year
- All necessary medical evidence to prove your conditions
- Proof of award and payment of workers’ compensation or similar benefits
Although it might sound easy to obtain these forms, many people have problems providing all necessary medical evidence. You must provide detailed information about your doctors, hospitals, clinics and medical tests related to all of your conditions. This includes names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of service and medical records.
Medical records can sometimes be huge. However, the SSA will want to see everything you have when applying for Social Security Disability. You should request all records and test results from your doctors if you do not already have them. A disability attorney can do this for you.
Tips For Applying For Social Security Disability
If you are submitting an application for Social Security Disability or have questions about applying, you may want to review the tips below. These tips can help you make sure your application is complete so that you don’t experience a delay in processing or a denial.
- Use the SSA Blue Book to determine if you meet the requirements for a disability listing. This book details which conditions may qualify as well as how severe they must be.
- Include extensive details on your SSD application. The more complete your answers are, the less chance you will be denied.
- Submit past medical records to the SSA and provide details about your treatment.
- Submit ongoing medical records as they come in, even if you’ve already applied.
- Hire a Social Security Disability lawyer to help you apply and provide complete information.
- Understand the SSD application process. The process involves many steps and can take a significant amount of time. The more familiar you are with it, the better chance you have at being approved.
- Be honest on your SSD application. You should answer all questions honestly and completely.
- Keep a journal about your conditions as well as how they impact your life. This can help if your initial application is denied and you subsequently need additional evidence.
What To Do If Your Disability Application Is Denied
Many initial applications are denied, so don’t be alarmed if you’re met with a denial of benefits. You have options. An attorney can help you submit an appeal or request for reconsideration. This will allow you to submit additional information to the SSA in an attempt to get approval.
When you receive a denial letter, get in touch with your disability attorney as soon as possible. You will have a limited amount of time to request a reconsideration or appeal. You will also want to collect additional evidence to supplement your application, which can take time. The sooner you call your attorney, the more likely you will be approved upon appeal.
Contact Us To Learn More About Applying For Social Security Disability
Disability Attorney Services has extensive experience helping people apply for Social Security Disability, as well as appeal denials. We can work with you to obtain the information that is necessary to get an approval. Call attorney Gary Brown today at 888-683-8437 or email us here to schedule your free initial consultation.