Looking for an easy way to apply for disability? There are slow and fast ways, but none are necessarily “easy” for claimants. First we’ll look at what makes your process “fast” or “slow,” and then look at the difference between applying on your own versus getting legal help when you apply for disability.
The Slow Way to Apply for Disability
There are no ways to make the system work faster or to prioritize your application after you have submitted it to the appropriate department. Many applications get hung up waiting for revised paperwork, more medical documentation, or other responses from you, the applicant.
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The Fast Way to Apply for Disability
You can reduce the amount of time you have to wait if you fill out all the paperwork perfectly and submit all the proper documentation when you first apply. Then, if there are any delays or requests for more information, you resubmit all necessary work within a matter of days. When you think about it, even the fast way is still a hard way.
All applicants who are looking to file must fill out the same initial paperwork and must provide evidence that supports both their medical condition and inability to work. Below are two common ways applicants usually apply for benefits.
Apply for Disability on Your Own
There are several ways that disabled American can apply for benefits. Some of the most common are online, over the phone, or by visiting your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office.
Out of all these options applying for benefits online is usually the most convenient. Not only is the application digital, but you can save and submit information at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. Before you get started you may find it convenient to read over this application pamphlet provided by the SSA. There you’ll find additional details about how to apply online and what information you’ll need before you begin. When your ready to apply you can simply visit the SSA’s website and access the application.
If you’d like to apply directly with a representative from the SSA you can call them toll free at 1-800-772-1213 or visit your local SSA office. The SSA advices applicants who wish to apply in-person make an appointment before their visit. You can find a location in your area by using the Social Security Office Locator.
Have an Attorney File Your Application
Many people are unaware of their options when it comes time to apply for disability benefits. However, you don’t have to go through it alone. In fact, many people rely on the assistance of a disability advocate or attorney to secure benefits. An attorney can help with the initial application process as well as appealing your claim’s denial, if needed.
Here is a quick rundown of what legal assistance can do for you:
- Makes benefit approval 3x more likely the first time you apply for disability
- Ensures all medical evidence supports your claim and inability to work
- Pays for costly, complete medical records you might otherwise leave out for financial reasons
- Reviews your application paperwork for errors and corrects them prior to filing your claim
- Appeals any unfavorable decisions from the SSA
- Represents your case in appeals court, if needed
- Communicates with the SSA on your behalf during the claim review process
- Checks on your claim status and provides you with regular updates
For years, applicants have relied on the assistance of disability attorneys to walk them through the process. You can talk to a lawyer or advocate for free to see if you may qualify for assistance. Just get a free evaluation today to get started.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
We can connect you with a qualified Social Security attorney near you for a free consultation today. Our free benefits evaluation has help people across the nation sign up for free, no-obligation legal assistance by phone. You can get confidential legal advice that applies to your situation without ever leaving your house!
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Megan Kelly is a former blogger and copywriter for LeadingResponse.