How to Apply for Social Security Disability
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Suffering from an injury that leaves you disabled can be difficult. You may not be able to return to work and your family may experience financial strain as a result. Social Security Disability benefits are available to individuals who are unable to work due to a medical condition that lasts for more than 12 months. These benefits are paid out until you reach retirement age, unless you no longer qualify due to returning to work that increases your income or an improvement in your condition.
Why Hire a Disability Lawyer to Help You File?
Although you do not have to use a lawyer when filing for disability benefits, you can significantly increase the chances of your benefits being approved. The benefits process can be incredibly complex, and many claims are initially denied due to technicalities or inaccuracies. An Irvine social security disability attorney can review your application to ensure it is accurate and filed in a timely manner. When you get to the appeals stage, a lawyer can also advocate for you during hearings.
United States Disability Center is here to guide you through the entire process, working towards getting you the benefits you deserve.
How to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance:
- You can file for benefits online or with the help of an attorney
You will need to provide information such as:
- Social Security number
- Birth certificate
- Names, addresses, phone numbers, and other contact information of doctors and hospitals who provided medical care to you
- Information on prescription medication you take
- Medical records, lab results
- Information on your occupation and type of work you did
- The date you become unable to work
- Copy of your recent W-2 form
What Are Compassionate Allowances?
In 2008 the Social Security Administration began the Compassionate Allowances program. This program allows those with very serious afflictions to begin collecting benefits in a matter of weeks before their application is even completely processed. There are requirements an individual must meet to receive benefits from this program such as:
- The medical condition must be one that is on the SSA’s list of 200+ conditions
- You must have medical documentation backing up your condition
The good news is that you don’t have to take any extra steps to see if you are eligible for this program. Once you apply for SSD benefits, the SSA will automatically determine if you are eligible, and if you are, process your Compassionate Allowances right away.
Unfortunately, just because you are approved to receive Compassionate Allowance benefits does not mean you are approved for Social Security Disability benefits. If you are denied you do not have to pay back any money you received and you can appeal the decision.
Questions about filing an application? Consultations are free. Contact the experienced and knowledgeable Irvine social security disability lawyers at United States Disability Center now!