If you have been injured to the point of disability or suffer from a condition that qualifies for automatic disability, it is important to know what steps to take to get the benefits you need. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is in charge of making disability payments, in the form of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and in some instances, Supplemental Security Income (SSI). One thing you need to know before you apply is that the process can be long, and in many instances it becomes necessary to seek reconsideration of the SSA’s decision, request a hearing, or even file an appeal before your benefits are granted. A lot of workers are scared of these statistics and want to know if there are things they can do before filling out an application that will help increase their chances at success.
Our practice focuses on helping people apply for, ask for a reconsideration or hearing, and even appeal denials of SSDI. We can also tell you three steps to take before you apply for SSDI, which may put you in a better position to be approved. These steps are:
• Check your work history: unless you have worked enough and accumulated the requisite number of work credits, your chances at approval are already at risk. You can check your work credits online with the SSA by setting up an account and logging on to view your work history.
• Talk to your doctor: medical evidence is a must for an application for SSDI benefits, so be sure to let your doctor know you are considering filing for benefits when you go in for each visit. The notes and diagnosis made by your physician are powerful evidence, and without enough detail as to your condition from your doctor, you may not be approved the first time you send in your application.
• Consult a knowledgeable attorney: not all lawyers have the qualifications necessary to help you with an application, reconsideration, or appeal of SSDI benefits. Before turning your case over to an attorney be sure to ask about their experience level practicing before the SSA, and ask around for recommendations if you do not feel comfortable.
Your attorney should aggressively pursue every benefit you qualify for, and keep you updated at every stage of the process. You should feel at ease and get an answer to every question you ask. If you need more information about SSDI or SSI benefits, call our office today. We schedule free initial consultations and give you the information you need to make a decision that makes sense for you.
If you have questions about social security disability benefits, call an experienced attorney for help. You can also contact us online today for more information or by phone at 855-727-6353.