If a medical condition prevents you from working and you expect to have this condition for at least a year, you should consider applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers both of these government benefit programs. If you win benefits [In Progress: link to https://www.socialsecuritylawcenter.info/frequently-asked-questions/how-can-i-win-social-security-disability-benefits/], you can draw a monthly check to pay for part of the income you are longer capable of earning at work.
SSDI is for people who have worked long enough to meet the program’s requirements before a disability left them unable to hold down a job. Only people with limited incomes and assets qualify for SSI. Most recipients qualify for one program or the other.
You must follow a specific process to file a Social Security Disability application. To make the process easy and stress-free, you should consider working with a disability attorney. At the Disability Advantage Group, our focus is on helping disabled Americans get the benefits they deserve. We offer free consultations to new clients. To set up yours, call us at 865-566-0800 today.
What Is the Disability Application Process?
To start your claim for SSDI or SSI [In Progress: link to https://www.socialsecuritylawcenter.info/frequently-asked-questions/how-do-you-get-an-ssi-disability-application-and-claim-started/], you must complete a Disability Benefit Application and a medical release and submit them both to the SSA.
The application reads like a standard medical form. It asks for information [In Progress: link to https://www.socialsecuritylawcenter.info/frequently-asked-questions/what-types-of-information-is-social-security-disability-looking-for/] that includes the following:
- Your name, date of birth, and Social Security Number;
- Your citizenship status;
- Whether it is your first time filing for benefits;
- Whether you are a military veteran;
- Your marital status;
- The number and ages of children you have;
- Two years of employment information; and
- Your date of disability.
You have three options to submit this application:
- You can do it online via the SSA’s website;
- You can complete it over the telephone by calling 1-800-772-1213; or
- You can make an appointment to apply in person at your local Social Security office.
No matter how you apply, you will need substantial supporting documentation to back up the information you provide on the application. Do not underestimate the importance of this documentation. The SSA reviews it thoroughly to determine if your condition qualifies for benefits. By working with one of our disability attorneys, you can make certain there are no deficiencies in your application that might lower your chances of approval.
What Supporting Documentation Will I Need?
You will need to submit a variety of supporting documentation along with your application. This includes:
- Your birth certificate;
- Proof you are a U.S. citizen or legal resident;
- Your W-2 forms or tax returns;
- A disability form detailing the nature of your condition;
- Medical evidence supporting your disability claim; and
- Proof you have received workers’ compensation benefits, if applicable.
Can I Apply for Disability Immediately After My Disability Developed?
Yes, you may apply for benefits immediately upon receiving a diagnosis of a disabling condition. We recommend you do so. Waiting to apply only delays your benefits. If you wait several weeks or months to apply, you might end up foregoing benefits you could have received.
How Long Does It Take to Hear an Answer?
Though there is no guarantee that you will hear back on your application within a given time frame, the SSA estimates it will take three to five months to receive a decision on your application.
Several factors, both within and out of your control, can affect how long this process takes. The strength and clarity of your application and how backlogged the SSA is at the time you apply can make a big difference in your case.
One of our many goals is to speed up the application process as much as possible for our clients. We do this by quickly putting together a thorough, compelling, and well-organized application the SSA can approve in short order.
What Are the Benefits of Working With an Attorney?
A slim minority of disability applicants receive an approval on the first try. Even fewer applicants succeed during the appeals process.
In other words, disability is notoriously difficult to get. When you work with an attorney who focuses on these claims, you get an advocate on your side who understands the process and knows what makes an application a strong one.
While no one can guarantee your approval, the attorneys from the Disability Advantage Group, will work tirelessly to build the best possible disability application on your behalf.
How Can I Schedule a Free Attorney Consultation?
At the Disability Advantage Group, our lawyers are eager to help you get the benefits you deserve. Call us today at 865-566-0800 to set up a free consultation.