How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

Apply for SSD Benefits

Navigating the process and knowing how to apply for Social Security disability benefits is a highly complicated task for anyone. There are two ways to apply for Social Security disability benefits:

#1: File your claim with the help of a professional

DisabilityApprovalGuide.com suggests that you seek the advice of experienced representation to help you apply for Social Security disability benefits. The vast majority of people that get approved for benefits at the various levels have the help of a professional Social Security advocate or attorney. This kind of professional help is available to you with no out-of-pocket costs on a contingency basis, meaning that you don’t pay any legal fees unless you are awarded benefits. You can get a FREE, no-obligation consultation today to see if you may qualify for this free help.

An experienced Social Security advocate or attorney knows how the system works and will handle most of the process for you, including taking care of all the paperwork with the government. They will help remove the confusion that may cause you to lose your rightful benefits.

With experienced help, you may be able to make the process much easier:

  • Potentially increase the likelihood of winning your case
  • Maximize benefits due (get the most money you can qualify for)
  • Save time and confusion
  • Have experienced representation file your appeals, if needed
  • Get your paperwork filed more quickly and accurately
  • Reduce chances of denial based on unexpected technicalities
  • Avoid fee payment unless you win

#2: File your claim on your own with the Social Security Administration

Filing your own claim requires that you complete all necessary paperwork, gather your medical documentation, communicate and follow up with the Social Security Administration (SSA) about your case, handle all legal correspondence, and attend court hearings and appeals without representation.

Regardless of the choice that you make in filing your claims, you will be required to present the same documentation and understand the filing process so that you can maximize your benefits. Below is information to help you understand how to apply for Social Security disability benefits with all necessary filing requirements.

Filling out the application and forms

There are many forms that must be completed thoroughly and accurately. This is not a process that you should rush through. Making a mistake in your application can delay a judgment for weeks. The application is the first piece of evidence the SSA uses in making a determination for your claim. It is therefore extremely important to understand how to make statements that will help your claim and avoid terminology or admissions that will result in a denial.

Many applicants find the claim forms to be confusing. Not only is an applicant dealing with the stress of becoming disabled, but in order to complete their application they must learn and comprehend a significant amount of unfamiliar terminology. Phrases and words that may seem to mean one thing to an applicant may have a very specific, and perhaps different, meaning to the SSA. The technical jargon can make the process of proving your disability frustrating. If you are unfamiliar with what is required by the SSA, a hastily completed application will almost certainly result in a denial of benefits.

TIP: Before applying for Social Security disability benefits on your own, you have the right to a free evaluation of your claim with an experienced Social Security disability advocate or attorney. Click here for a FREE evaluation of your disability claim.

How to prepare

Be sure to research your disability before you apply. Proving a disabling condition to the SSA requires a significant amount of medical documentation and evidence. This is because disability claims are approved based on the medical evidence provided by your doctors, caregivers, and treatment facilities. However, making an incorrect statement on your application because you do not understand the answer the SSA is seeking could lead to a denial.

Perhaps the most important aspect of your application is the Disability Report. Many applicants spend a few days filling out only this form. This is because it provides the most critical information regarding your disability. These are the statements you will make about your condition and therefore, anything you state on this form will be used by the SSA as a determination of your own assessment regarding your disability. Before filling out the Disability Report it is recommended that you gather your documentation. Your medical records must support anything that you state in your Disability Report.

The application process can seem like an impossible task. For a disabled worker, approval of Social Security disability benefits is essential for making financial ends meet. If you have concerns about filing out your application, many attorneys practicing in the area of Social Security law offer a free consultation and evaluation of your claim.

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