Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

If you’re applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for the first time, you’ve probably never had to face the Social Security Administration (SSA) before. You’re going up against an agency that denies more SSD applications than it approves. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our attorneys want to build a strong SSD claim on your behalf, so you have the best possible chances of getting your benefits.

Preparing to Apply for SSD Benefits

Every SSD case is different, and the steps to prepare a successful application vary from case to case. But there are four basic steps you should follow when applying for SSD benefits:

  • Check your eligibility
  • See your doctor to obtain a diagnosis of your disability
  • Gather evidence of your work history and the severity of your condition
  • File your application as soon as possible

Proving that your medical condition is medically verifiable provides vital proof that your disability meets the SSA’s strict eligibility criteria and will improve your chances of being approved for benefits. Furthermore, more than 2.5 million people apply for SSD benefits every year, so your application will take time to process. An appeal can make the waiting period for benefits even longer, so it is best to file the strongest initial application possible to avoid unnecessary delays.

No matter where you are in the application process, Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help. Our lawyers know what the SSA needs to see on an application for SSD benefits, and we’re ready to put our 45 years of experience to work for you. With offices based across the United States, we can help you apply for Social Security Disability compensation no matter where you live. 

SSD Application Forms

Our attorneys know that finding the forms you need to apply for SSD benefits can be time consuming. Errors or omissions while applying for SSD can cause your claim to be delayed for months or even denied. We’ve compiled a list of helpful links to forms you’ll need to file your claim or appeal on our Social Security Forms and Resources page to help you get started on your paperwork today. Check out our SSD application checklist to help ensure you have the information you need to complete a thorough and accurate application.

Expediting the SSD Application Process

You may be eligible for expedited claims processing if you are:

  • A wounded warrior
    Veterans who were injured during active military service on, or after, October 1, 2001, can receive expedited SSD application processing, regardless of where the disability occurs.
  • A veteran with a 100% permanent and total compensation rating
    Veterans who identify themselves as rated 100% & P&T disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible for expedited SSD claims processing.
  • Suffering from a severe or terminal medical condition
    People suffering from severe disabilities outlined in the SSA’s list of Compassionate Allowances may qualify for claims processing in a matter of weeks, instead of months or years.

Get the Help You Need in Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

From collecting the medical evidence you need to filing an appeal if your claim gets denied, our lawyers are here to help you apply for Social Security Disability benefits. So don’t delay getting the help you need. Contact our 24/7 legal staff today.


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