How to Apply for Social Security Disability
June 8th, 2011|
Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be time-consuming, confusing, and frustrating. Let an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer from Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin help you navigate the complicated process.
Here’s how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits:
1) Prepare. Before beginning the application process, make sure that you’ve reviewed the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability–an inability to work or adjust to work as the result of a medical condition–and feel confident that you fall within it.
You’ll also want to visit your doctor, gather your medical and work records, and ensure that you have all the information required on this SSA-provided checklist. This is where you’ll spend the bulk of your time.
2) Apply. There are several ways that you can apply for SSD—online, by dialing a toll-free phone number, or in person at any Social Security office. Assuming you’ve already gathered the needed information, the whole process should take between 10 and 30 minutes.
3) Act now. Whatever you do, don’t put off the application process, which can be lengthy enough on its own. An estimated 2.5 million Americans apply for SSD each year, and more than half of them are denied benefits. But by appealing for benefits you’ll have a better chance of being approved.
Do you need help filing an application or an appeal for Social Security Disability?
If you need help with your Social Security benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.