Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Often Social Security Disability Benefits are overlooked as an important resource once someone has left the workforce. In order to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you can apply online at https://www.socialsecurity.gov or apply in person at your local Social Security Administration “SSA”. When filling out the application, it is important that accurate information concerning the names and addresses of all your treating physicians is provided. Additionally, all medical impairments for which you have sought treatment should be listed, not merely your most severe impairments. SSA must consider ALL of your health conditions in evaluating whether you are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.
After you file an application for Social Security Disability benefits, SSA will begin contacting your treating physicians in order to obtain medical records. You may want to obtain in writing, to submit to the SSA, the opinion of one of your treating physicians as to the nature and degree of your disability, with that physician clearly stating your course of treatment and any specific limitations you may have. The opinion of a treating physician that you will be disabled for a period of twelve (12) months or longer will greatly increase your chances of being approved for benefits.
I also suggest you make sure the SSA is able to obtain all records pertinent to your medical conditions. Very often, the SSA will either not seek records or not be able to obtain records from all of your medical providers. Therefore, you should inquire as to what records they have received and try to obtain and send to them any other records you feel are important in assessing your disability status.
During the time SSA is in the process of evaluating your claim for benefits, you should be sure to return any phone calls promptly and to attend any appointments for evaluation they schedule for you.
If you are denied benefits, you should immediately contact SSA’s office, as you will have only sixty (60) days in which to file an appeal of Social Security’s Decision. Failure to file an appeal within that time frame may result in your ability to file an appeal being lost forever. You may wish to have an attorney file the second step appeal for you.
If the SSA grants you benefits, you will receive a Notice of Award letter, thereafter, indicating the amount of monthly benefits you should receive.
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