Apply For Disability
Getting Social Security disability benefits is a long process, but it doesn’t have to be hard or confusing. If you have any questions about the disability process or for help with applying, please contact one of our Social Security Attorneys. An experienced disability lawyer could greatly increase your chances for success.
When you are preparing to apply for Social Security disability, it is important that you go to the doctor and document your symptoms as often as possible. Start doing this as early as you can. The more evidence you have of your disability and the longer you have been going to a doctor and describing your symptoms, the better chance you will have. Make sure that you are describing all of your symptoms every time that you go to the doctor. Also keep in mind that this doesn’t just include doctor’s visits and medical records. Start keeping a journal where you take brief notes on how you feel each day and how it is affecting your daily life. Keep track of how your disability is affecting your job. Make note of what part of your condition is keeping you from working. Then you can give all this information to the Social Security Administration when you file your claim.
When it comes to actually applying for Social Security disability, you can submit your application to the Social Security website at www.ssa.gov/applyforidsability , over the phone, or in person at your local Field Office. There are several forms that you will have to complete, including the Disability Benefit Application, the Adult Disability Report (or the Child Disability Report) and the Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration. To process your claim, Social Security will need a lot of information about you, including all of your doctors and your birth certificate (you will have to prove your age), and a list of medications. To prove that you are disabled, you will also need medical records, test results and information from your doctors regarding your disability. Unfortunately, at initial stage over sixty percent of applicants are denied. If you are denied, make sure you appeal.
Many cases go before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). At the hearing, the judge may question any witnesses that you bring to the hearing and will explain any issues in your case. After the hearing the judge studies all the evidence that has been submitted to him and issues a written decision. It is at the hearing level that our disability attorneys can help you most. We are very successful in arguing cases before disability judges.
If you want help with any part of your claim, you can contact one of our Social Security disability attorneys. Applying for Social Security disability can be a complicated process, and what you don’t know can hurt you. We will help you navigate through this complicated process and will be there to guide you through every step of the process, including helping you collect your medical records, filing out paper work that Social Security send you, and by giving you the do’s and don’ts. We can help you know what to say and what not to say to your doctor. If you get denied in the initial level, we can help you with your reconsiderations and hearing requests. We have over a ninety percent approval rate at the hearing level. If you have any questions or need help with any step of this long process, please contact one of our Social Security disability attorneys and get the help you need today!
Originally posted 2014-01-15 17:20:05.