A common mistake people make during the Social Security Disability (SSD) application process includes failing to submit a complete application containing all required identifying, employment, and medical information. Additional mistakes can include failing to meet required filing deadlines, submitting an illegible application, and applying for benefits without help and support.
Our SSD attorney and team members will help you avoid many common mistakes people make when filing for Social Security Disability. Our team will also help you understand the intricate and involved process, the potential timeline between application submission, approval, and receipt of benefits. If your application is not approved, we also help you understand and navigate the appeals process.
- Ensure your SSD application is complete and accurate
- Understand the deadline for responding to SSD queries
- Understand the SSD program you qualify for
- Get legal guidance and support from start to finish
- Praise and acclaim from previous clients
- Review your Social Security Disability case today
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Ensure Your SSD Application Is Complete and Accurate
Your SSD application will require information about you, your work history, financial circumstances, and your disabling condition. Providing this plethora of information will mean compiling a wide range of documents which can include:
- Birth certificate
- Military discharge papers, where applicable
- Traditional and self-employment tax returns
- Medical records already in your possession
- Financial award letters and settlement agreements
- Proof of workers’ compensation or similar benefits
The amount of paperwork that needs to accompany your application can quickly overwhelm you. While you focus on your medical care and recovery, our team will review your application for accuracy, completion, and thoroughness.
Understand the Deadline for Responding to SSD Queries
If your initial application for benefits is denied, our benefits attorney will help you file an appeal. The appeals process has four stages:
- Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge
- Review by the Appeals Council
- Federal Court review
The appeals process can involve several filing restrictions which must be complied with. These include:
- 60 days to request an appeal
- 10 days to request benefit continuation
- 60 days to request a hearing
- 5 days to provide new evidence
Additional timeline restrictions and filing deadlines may apply to your case. When we handle your case, we will explain SSA’s timeline and ensure all relevant filing deadlines are met.
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Understand the SSD Program You Qualify for
When you apply for SSD benefits, we will help you understand the two SSA programs that award benefits. You could be eligible if you have a physical, mental, or medical disability. Your disability must be expected to last for a minimum of one year or result in your demise. SSD benefits award programs include:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are designed to meet the needs of individuals who worked long enough, recently enough, and paid Social Security insurance through their employment.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are designed to meet the needs of disabled individuals who lack financial support or resources. It also helps individuals who have reached retirement age or are blind.
Our SSD lawyer will explain the criteria for each program, assess your eligibility for each, and inform you if you are eligible for both programs simultaneously. These are called concurrent benefits and can help you get the medical and financial support you need throughout your recovery.
Get Legal Guidance and Support from Start to Finish
Your SSD application and the application process are long, challenging, and difficult. Social Security Administration (SSA) guidelines themselves recommend representation and publish a guide to help you understand the benefits of a representative as well as your rights and responsibilities. The benefits of hiring our SSD attorney to assist you with your case include:
- Obtain information from your Social Security file
- Obtain medical records to substantiate your case
- Represent you at interviews, conferences, and hearings
- Prepare you and any witnesses for questioning
- Be notified of any decisions made on your case
If needed, our team will also help you file an appeal. When we represent you, we take all the steps necessary to ensure you understand each phase of the process. We also ensure your application contains all required information and documentation.
Praise and Acclaim from Previous Clients
Our Social Security Disability team works hard to make injured clients comfortable throughout their fight for benefits. Previous clients say:
- “Andrea made me feel very comfortable…She was always available if I had questions concerning my case…I have full confidence in Andrea. Thank you, Andrea!” – Debbie
- “Andrea’s service was excellent…She updated me on everything…She did a wonderful, wonderful job. If anyone ever needs an attorney, she is the best! Rated #1!” – Richard
Read more reviews from happy clients on our testimonials page and learn more about our outstanding commitment to disabled clients and their fight for compensation.
Review Your Social Security Disability Case today
Completing and submitting your SSD application can be time-consuming and complex on your own. Find out how our SSD team can help you avoid many of the common mistakes people make when filing for Social Security Disability. Contact one of our Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC team members by calling (828) 286-3866 today.