Disability Application Process

Disability Lawyers Boise, ID Justice

Social Security Attorney Boise.

A Social Security Disability application is a lengthy process.  So be prepared to take your claim all the way through to a hearing in front of a disability judge.  It may help you to endure the process if you understand it. This article will walk you through a typical SSD and SSI Disability application.  If you have any questions, please contact a Social Security  attorney with our Boise Social Security office for a no-obligation consultation.

There are three levels that most people go through to get their disability:  The initial claim, the reconsideration, and the hearing.  The initial disability application is something that you will have to take care of yourself if you are applying for SSI.  Even if you are applying for SSD, you should also be applying for SSI, since it is a matter of checking a box and it could save you down the road.  For more information on the difference between SSI and SSD disability see our article on SSD versus SSI Disability on this web site.

The information you supply Social Security for your initial application is general information on you and your doctors and there are few areas where you may make a mistake that will actually hurt your application.  Where an attorney can provide more help is with the documents that Social Security will send to you AFTER you complete the initial paperwork.

There are several ways to complete your Social Security Disability application.   An application can be made at your local Social Security office.  You may also call Social Security and they will schedule a call where someone will walk you through the application. You may also apply online at www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability.  Any way you choose to apply, if you are applying for SSI Disability, someone at your local Social Security Office must go over your income and assets to determine if you qualify for SSI benefits.

Below is the contact information for some local offices, if you don’t find yours, click HERE:

1118 South Kimball Ave.
Caldwell, ID 83605

1249 S. Vinnell Way, Ste.101,
Boise, ID 83709
(208) 321-2900

Twin Falls:
1437 Fillmore
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(866) 748-2087

Idaho Falls:
825 Shoup Ave.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 522-7516

The length of time for the disability application process is not the same for each geographic location.  Each office has a different work load.  But the averages are fairly close.  The times indicated below are just rough estimates what you can expect.

  1. The initial application usually takes about 5 months.  Only 30-35% of applicants are approved at this level.  Those who are approved are the most obvious cases—terminally ill, low-birth weight, etc. Don’t be discourages if you are denied.  We get benefits for the vast majority of people we help who have been denied at the initial level.
  2. The Reconsideration will take anywhere from 30 to 90 days for a decision—only about 10-15% of applicants are approved at this level.  If you are denied at this point, you can ask for a hearing.
  3. The Social Security Disability Hearing is your best chance of getting approved, IF you are represented by a good Social Security Attorney.  In the Boise area, it takes about 9-12 months for your hearing to be scheduled after you have made your request for a hearing.

We only get paid if we get benefits for you. This causes us to be selective in the clients we take, but if you have questions regarding the Social Security Disability application process, you can get a free consultation with a Boise Social Security Attorney. You will speak with an expert Social Security Disability attorney, not a secretary of paralegal.  Advocate Attorneys for the Disabled works with clients all over Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, as well as Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona.

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