The Social Security Administration has made it simple to apply for disability benefits online. However, don't make the mistake of going through the process alone. Almost two-thirds of initial applications for Social Security disability insurance or Supplemental Security Income are denied. Wait times at all stages of the SSA's administrative process are lengthy and getting longer, as we've discussed in several recent blog posts. An experienced disability attorney can help you avoid these and other pitfalls in the application process.
There are many services that the attorneys at the Disability Benefits Law Center provide for our clients. We start the process with a free initial consultation, where we evaluate a client's claim, answer questions about the SSDI and SSI eligibility requirements, and provide an overview of what to expect. For those who still need to apply, we will review their online application without cost or obligation.
Our experience also allows us to identify areas where an application may need to be strengthened. Specifically, we have observed several factors that may influence a favorable result. It is essential that an applicant consistently report all of his or her symptoms and treatments. All medical records should be submitted to the SSA, including the primary doctor's opinion about the severity of the physical or mental impairments and the extent they impair an individual's ability to work.
Our disability benefits attorneys have the legal eye to spot where your disability benefits application might need additional attention. Call our toll free number at 1-866-886-0660 for a free consultation.
Source: "Qualifying for Social Security and SSI Disability Benefits: Essential Information Tips and Strategies," copyright 2016, Disability Benefits Law Center