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. And if you need help filing an appeal, you already know you’re up against an agency that denies more SSD applications than it approves. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we want to build a strong SSD claim on your behalf, so you have the best possible chances of getting your 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.
Before applying for benefits, visit our SSD Eligibility page to learn about the SSA’s disability and work history requirements.
- See your doctor.
A physician’s diagnosis of your disability provides vital proof that your condition meets the SSA’s strict eligibility criteria.
- Gather evidence.
Detailed evidence proving your work history and the severity of your condition will improve your chances of being granted benefits.
- File your application as soon as possible.
More than 2.5 million people apply for SSD benefits every year and your application will take time to process. An appeal can make the waiting period for benefits even longer, so there is no time to waste.
No matter where you are in the application process, Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help. Our national Social Security Disability lawyers know what the SSA needs to approve SSD claims, and we’re ready to put our 30 years of experience to work for you. With offices based across the United States, we can help you no matter where you live. Contact us 24/7 at (800) 477-7315 or complete our free online form to get the representation you deserve today.
SSD Application Forms
Our Social Security Disability lawyers know that finding the forms you need to apply for SSD benefits can be time consuming. 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.
SSD Application Checklist
Errors or omissions while applying for SSD can cause your claim to be delayed for months or even denied. Our national Social Security Disability lawyers created an SSD application checklist to help ensure you have the information you need to complete a thorough and accurate application.
Expedited SSD Claims Processing
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 claims 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 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
From collecting the medical evidence you need to filing an appeal if your claim gets denied, our national Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help prepare your SSD claim. So don’t delay getting the help you need. Contact our 24/7 legal staff today.