If you are between the ages of 50 and 65 years and suffer from a disability that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits
If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability (SSD), the application process may seem daunting. You will be required to provide much information about the particulars of your case, as well as fill out all of the required forms and paperwork. Below, we will walk you through the initial steps of your SSD application.
Step 1: Intent to File
Step 2: Determining your eligibility to receive benefits
Step 3: Verifying your work history and FICA contributions
Step 4: Submitting your application
Important documents to consider
What if my claim is denied?
If your claim is denied, you can complete a “request for reconsideration.” The request for reconsideration is not likely to be accepted unless you provide additional documentation. This may include proof of your medical condition, doctor’s visits, and ongoing treatment. It’s absolutely essential that you follow your doctor’s recommended plan for treatment because failing to do so can hinder your ability to have your request accepted.
If you appeal is denied, then you can request a hearing before an administrative judge. This is where you have the best opportunity to have your request accepted, and you will need to be represented by a lawyer.
The next steps
Starting from the beginning of your application process, you have the best chance of success if you are working with a disability lawyer. Having an experienced attorney by your side can make sure that you don’t make simple mistakes in your application process that will cost you your disability payments in the long run. A disability lawyer can help you prepare for your hearing and will not be paid until your application is approved and you recover back pay.
SocialSecurityDisability.com is here to help you navigate your options and connect you with an experienced disability lawyer before beginning your application process. Fill out our questionnaire on this page to be contacted by a local attorney to discuss your options and the details of your potential case.