Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How to Apply for Disability Benefits

You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you are aware that you have a condition that will prevent you from performing any type of work for a period of 12 months or longer. There are several ways you can apply for disability benefits. First, you can apply online. Second, you may apply by calling the Social Security Administration’s toll-free telephone number at 1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hearing-impaired, you may call 1-800-325-0778. Lastly, you may apply in person at your local Social Security Office. If you wish to apply in person, you should call in advance to schedule an appointment.

Before applying, you need to have the following information ready:

  • Your Social Security Number (SSN) and proof of age.
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics that took care of you and the dates of your visits.
  • Names and dosages of all the medications you are taking.
  • Medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers, that you already have in your possession.
  • Laboratory and other test results.
  • A summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did.
  • Your most recent W-2 form or, if you were self-employed, a copy of your federal tax return.
  • If more than one family member is applying, you will also need Social Security Numbers and proof of age for all the family members who may be entitled to benefits.
  • If your spouse is also applying for benefits, you will need proof of marriage as well as dates of prior marriages, if applicable.

A typical claim for Social Security disability benefits can take from three to five months to process and receive an initial decision, so it is important to not delay in applying for benefits. Denials of the initial application are common so it is important to get an experienced social security disability lawyer to help you through the appeal process.

If you require assistance applying for Social Security disability benefits or if you believe your claim was wrongly denied, call disability attorney Flora Templeton Stuart at (888) 782-9090 for a free case evaluation. Flora and her team have helped disabled clients receive the benefits that they were entitled to for close to forty years. If you have been denied, Flora and her staff will help you explore all your options to receive disability benefits, including requesting reconsideration and requesting a hearing. Receiving disability benefits can be a complex process and it is not one that you have to endure alone.

Learn more about applying for SSD on our FAQ.