Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits is relatively easy. However, getting
approved for benefits can be a long and exhausting process; especially if you are
not represented by an attorney. Unless you have a condition that clearly and completely
applies to one of the medical listings, the average length of a claim is between
12 and 18 months. To receive social security disability benefits you must:
First, you have to determine if you qualify for disability. The Social Security Administration’s
defines a person as “disabled” is he or she is unable “to engage in any substantial
gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment
which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to
last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” 42 U.S.C. 423(d)(1)(A).
If you need help determining whether you qualify for disability, let us help you
with our Free Disability Evaluation.
Second, complete a social security benefits application. For the best results, you
should complete the application with your attorney but, if you want to do it yourself,
you can complete an application online, over the telephone, or at your local Social
Security Administration office. To apply online, visit www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability.
Third, support your application with medical records. Most applications for social
security benefits are initially denied because the applicant fails to provide sufficient
medical evidence to support their disability. The reality is that most applications
for social security benefits are denied at the first stage, and having an attorney
help you with the application does not ensure success. An experience lawyer, however,
can help you to gather all the necessary medical information, and that your application
for benefits has the best chance for success.
In the event that your application is denied, there is no need to panic. The social
security system provides the applicant several more chances to get approved for social
security benefits but there are strict timelines that need to be followed to keep
your claim alive - an experienced law firm like Meier LLC can make sure you keep
those deadlines. If your application for social security benefits has been denied
and you need help, call our offices immediately.