If you’re not able to work and earn a living, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits (SSA). This article will cover a step-by-step guide to applying for and possibly receiving Social Security disability benefits.
Your success in a disability claim is contingent upon providing supporting paperwork and objective medical evidence. Here’s a short overview of how to get your claim started.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Beginning Your Disability Claim
Determine Medical Eligibility in Step 1: If you have been unable to work for at least 12 months, verify that your condition and its symptoms match the Blue Book standards. The Blue Book is divided into parts for various body systems, with each section describing debilitating conditions.
Step 2: Comply with All Non-Medical Requirements You must have a sufficient number of work credits to get qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In general, this means that you must have worked the equivalent of five years full-time in the preceding ten years. To be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you must meet extremely stringent financial standards, including income and asset requirements.
Collect Medical Evidence: Collect medical evidence demonstrating that you match the criteria for a Blue Book listing. Consult your physicians about your condition and inquire whether your physician believes you may qualify for disability compensation.
Additionally, your physician can assist you in compiling the medical records and documents necessary for a successful disability claim. Additionally, your doctor can write a statement substantiating your claim or fill out a residual functional capacity (RFC) form detailing your restrictions and limitations.
Step 3: Consult an Attorney or Advocacy Professional: A Social Security disability attorney or advocate can assist you in filing for disability benefits and increasing the likelihood of your claim being successful. They will know what documentation is required and can ascertain whether you have sufficient proof to back your claim in order for it to meet the criteria for listing.
Step 4: Applying for Disability Benefits: You can apply for disability benefits online at www.ssa.gov, by phone at 1-800-772-1213 and speaking with a representative, or in person by making an appointment with an SSA representative at your local SSA field office.
Assistance with Benefits Applications
According to the SSA, claimants who are represented by a disability attorney have a substantially better chance of succeeding with their claims and receiving disability benefits.
If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, you should visit a disability attorney in your area. Disability lawyers are not compensated up ahead; rather, they are compensated when your claim is approved.
To share the details of your disability claim with a disability lawyer, complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page. A lawyer will be able to evaluate the best course of action for your claim and whether you have the necessary supporting evidence for your disability claim.