DIY projects are all the rage. Home improvement stores offer supplies and advice for building decks and fixing your plumbing problems. However, some things are too important to do without the advice of an experienced professional. For example, applying for Social Security Disability Insurance is not really a DIY project for several reasons:
Understanding Rules and Regulations
Not everyone can get Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. To qualify, you must meet certain guidelines set by the Social Security Administration (SSA), which manages the SSDI program. The SSA is one of the largest government agencies. We all know that government agencies tend to have a lot of paperwork, rules, regulations, and restrictions. It’s very difficult for the average person to understand SSDI’s requirements. It is even more difficult if you are already dealing with financial difficulties and medical disability.
An experienced disability attorney can explain the process and advise you how to proceed.
The Application Process
Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can be frustrating at a time when you are already dealing with serious problems. Generally, you can choose from one of three ways to apply for SSDI:
- By phone, or
- In person at your local Social Security office.
This does not sound too difficult. However, you also need to provide many details and some supporting documents. For example, SSA caseworkers generally ask for information about:
- Your birth and citizenship;
- Marriage, divorce, and children;
- Military service;
- Employers and employment history, including self-employment;
- Banking information needed to set up Direct Deposit;
- Your alternate contact;
- Your training and education background; and
- Medical conditions, medical providers, and medical records.
Getting the application right the first time is difficult. Only about 36% of first-time claims are approved. Having a disability lawyer at your side can help.
No Room for Error
With such a low approval rating, it’s critical to get that application right the first time. Benefits can be delayed or denied because of simple mistakes in your application or supporting documentation. Other reasons for denial and delay, including that the applicant did not understand SSDI regulations or the application process itself.
Get Help Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance
Don’t wait for an unnecessary amount of time to get your disability payments started. Talk to a lawyer as soon as you learn you can no longer work.
At The Law Offices of Martin Taller, your case gets the attention and care of experienced Social Security Disability attorneys. Call us at 714-385-8100 to set up a free consultation. Though our office is conveniently located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.