Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits
Applying for Disability Benefits – The Basics
Applying for Social Security Disability is not that difficult, but the more you understand about the approval system for Social Security disability, more likely you are to receive disability benefits.
Claims for disability benefits take more time to process than other types of Social Security claims — from 3 to 5 months.
There are 3 ways you can apply: online at www.SSA.gov website, by phone or visit your local Social Security office
Information You Will Need To Apply
Your Social Security number and proof of age
Names, addresses and phone numbers of doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics that took care of you and the dates of your visits;
Names and dosages of all the medications you are taking;
Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers, that you already have in your possession;
Laboratory and test results;
A summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did; and
Your most recent W-2 form or, if you were self-employed, a copy of your federal tax return.
All documents that are need to file for Social Security Disability must be the original documents or copies certified by the issuing office. You will need to bring or mail the documents to Social Security. They will make copies and return your original documents. You will need to complete two forms:
1. Application for Benefits
2. Adult Disability Report Form
After you have completed the disability applications, then it is a good idea to contact your local Social Security office to confirm that your online disability application was received.
Be Ready to Appeal
Why be ready to appeal? Almost 70% of cases are denied – that means only 3 out of 10 applications are approved from the beginning. It takes several months to get an initial answer on a Social Security disability claim, and at the end of the long wait period, most claimants are denied.
Once your case is denied you only have 60 days to appeal your Social Security disability claim. You can do this online or in person at your local Social Security office. There are four levels of appeal. If you are not satisfied with the decision at one level, you may appeal to the next.
The levels are:
3. Appeals Council review
4. Federal court
Seeking the help of a Social Security disability attorney or advocate will increase your chances of winning your disability claim. Get help now by filling out this free disability case review form or call our law office to speak with a case worker at: