Applying for Social Security Disability and the Determination Process
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Nov 26, 2018 in Social Security Disability
When applying for Social Security disability benefits, it is important to know when and where to apply and how to qualify for these benefits. The information needed to determine eligibility in order to receive benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is narrow and specific.
If you or a loved one is seeking to acquire Social Security Disability benefits, you will need an experienced and knowledgeable Social Security Disability lawyer in West Palm Beach by your side. At Gordon & Partners, we can assist with your application to help you recover the benefits you deserve. We can also aid through all stages of the appeal process if you are denied coverage.
How to Qualify for Disability
SSDI benefits are a federally funded program provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA). To qualify for this program, you must have a medical condition that meets the definition of what the SSA considers disabled. In general, this is a significant limitation in preventing you from working. If you meet the list of qualifying conditions and illnesses to receive SSDI benefits, you may apply as soon as you stop working after becoming disabled.
Restrictions for lifting objects, standing for several minutes, walking without immediately resting, sitting for some time, and remembering details for the last year could increase the strength of the disability claim. Special rules exist to provide assistance for those that are not on the list but can still qualify.
When and Where to Apply for Benefits
The entire application process can take between three to five months to obtain approval for benefits. This means you should apply for disability as soon as you stop working after becoming disabled. However, benefits will not begin until the sixth full month of your disability. These benefits are usually only available if you may have a long-term disability as defined in the SSA’s standards that will last no less than one year.
There are several outlets to apply for SSDI benefits. These include the online site, over the telephone or by scheduling an appointment with the closest SSA field office. Online access has a save feature for later completion. Once the application is complete, you should contact the office for inquiries.
If making a scheduled appointment, you may need to wait for a face-to-face interview. This will include answering several important questions and providing certain documentation. Additional phone calls, medical appointments and further in-person interviews normally happen after initial contact is completed.
Information Needed to Determine Eligibility
The SSA will use numerous items to determine if you are eligible for benefits. This includes the following required information:
- Work history and locations
- The specific disability
- Name, address, phone number and other personal information
- Social Security number and proof of age
- Details such as phone numbers for doctors, other caseworkers, attended hospitals and local clinics where and with whom you received treatment
- Names and dosages of medications or treatment
- Most recent W-2 document and a federal tax return copy
Some interviews and subsequent processes will require additional details or paperwork such as a birth certificate or Social Security card. A disability report can provide the SSA with a specific definition of the disabling condition along with reasons why you cannot obtain or keep gainful employment.
Contact Gordon & Partners for a Free Consultation
When you or a loved one live with a disability, life can become difficult in all aspects. We are here for you and will support you through the disability claims process. We believe you have a right to financial help when your disability is the reason you cannot work.
Contact Gordon & Partners to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will review your case and help determine if you do have grounds to file a disability claim. We also work on a contingency fee basis which means we only charge fees for our services if we help you recover compensation.
Call 1 (855) 722-2552 now for a free case evaluation.