How To Apply For Disability Benefits

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If you are disabled you may be able to get benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The most popular benefit is Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and these benefits provide an income to those people who are no longer able to work due to a disability. Because the process can be intimidating, many people give up this valuable right, and try to get by with only one income in the house or by doing without. But you do not have to be nervous about applying for disability, because we are here to help you have a successful case.

The SSA pays out billions of dollars a year in disability benefits. To get what you deserve, let us help you with your application for SSDI benefits. Here is how it works:

  • You must fill out an application and provide medical proof of your condition.
  • The medical evidence is key, and many applicants spend a significant amount of time at the doctor before applying for benefits. This can be helpful because it gives you the ammunition you need to show you are disabled.
  • If your initial application is denied, your quest for benefits is not at an end. You can request reconsideration of your claim, and some applications are approved at this stage.
  • If you are denied on reconsideration, you have the right to an appeal and to have your case set for hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ will take testimony and evidence from you, and from your physician if needed. This is your chance to get in front of a live person and make your case.

We know the process can be drawn out, and while your case is pending you are not drawing a salary. During this time it is not uncommon for people to seek unemployment, but doing so can actually hurt your case. If you ask for unemployment you will have to follow certain rules, one of which is to actively search for work. Looking for a job is an indication you can work, which can be inconsistent with claiming you are disabled. Before you undertake any action to secure other benefits while you wait for a decision on your disability claim, talk to us. We can give you pointers and guidance on what to do, and let you know what to expect.

To find out more about disability benefits, call a knowledgeable attorney for help. Contact us online today for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.