Whether you have just received a disability diagnosis or you have been looking for the best way of applying for disability benefits, you have come to the right place. Although this process may seem complex and stressful, we at Casa de la Justicia can help you in every step of the way. Today, we will explain what to keep in mind when applying for disability benefits in the US.
Disability Applications in the US
If you have requested an appointment to file for disability benefits, or if you were planning to do so, you may have many questions about the process. The Social Security Administration regulates and issues Disability Benefits, and while it provides information on how to apply, the presence of a lawyer to guide you and ensure that you receive the benefit your case deserves is of high importance.
This is why Casa de la Justicia is here to help you, our team of experts will assess your case, assist you and answer any questions. Let’s go over some of the most important things to keep in mind when deciding to apply for disability benefits.
What to Except During the Appointment
After your appointment is set and it’s time to go to your local Social Security Office, you will have to attend the interview. However, this interview can also be by telephone, so it’s important to keep this in mind in case you can’t attend.
A Social Security representative will interview you and complete an application for disability benefits and an Adult Disability Report. This interview will take at least one hour.
How to Speed Up the Process
There is an option to reduce your interview time in half by starting the process online. You can complete both the application for benefits and the disability report online with your lawyer to ensure that everything is completed accordingly.
Nevertheless, you would still need to keep your scheduled appointment with the local Social Security office, as a representative has to review your information.
How Social Security Decides if you are Disabled
This process is regulated by law, in which Social Security has a very strict definition of disability. To be found disabled:
- You must be unable to do any substantial work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least one year, or be expected to result in your death.
Even though doctors can confirm your disability, it is still mandatory to be approved by a Social Security representative.
After we receive your application, we send it to a state agency that makes disability decisions. The state has medical and vocational experts who will contact your doctors and other places where you received treatment to get your medical records.
The state may request an examination, so it is of great importance to keep the appointment. Please note that you will not have to pay for any examination or test you are sent for by the state agency.
Types of Benefits You can Receive
Social Security pays disability benefits under two programs:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for insured workers, their disabled surviving spouses, and children (disabled before age 22) of disabled, retired, or deceased workers.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for people with little or no income and resources.
The Importance of a Lawyer
While taking into account the above information will provide you with a good start, the Social Security Disability claims process is long and complicated. You may have additional questions that are not addressed in this post. This is why you may want to consider obtaining legal assistance.
An experienced Social Security attorney can be the solution you need in the SSDI process. Contacting a lawyer might help you to determine the next steps in your disability case.
Casa de la Justicia takes a client-centered approach, prioritizing your needs and concerns throughout the process.
Contact us today by clicking on the button below and receive the assistance that you are looking for. Casa de la Justicia is here for you.