Realizing you can no longer work because of a disability is stressful. Government benefits like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can provide financial support, but first, you have to complete your SSDI application. Then, you have to wait for the Social Security Administration (Social Security) to process your application. Along the way, Social Security may ask you for more information. Your request for benefits may even be denied. If you’d like a better chance at success, consider the following tips.
Tip #1 – Start Early!
While you are dealing with a disabling condition, applying for SSDI may be the last thing on your mind. However, the sooner you apply, the sooner your benefits can start. In fact, some people may qualify for the compassionate allowances program that fast tracks applications for people with certain conditions.
You can apply for benefits online, by phone, or in person (assuming your local Social Security office is open). Another good idea is to get the assistance of an experienced disability lawyer.
Tip #2 – Carefully Read Your SSDI Application
It certainly is not easy to read government paperwork. However, to make sure your SSDI application gets quickly processed – and hopefully approved – it’s important to follow instructions carefully. You need to provide complete answers and submit supporting documents.
Reading carefully is also extremely important if Social Security denies your request for benefits. You will receive a denial letter that explains Social Security’s decision and tells you how to proceed. Of course, you and your disability lawyer can address any concerns in the letter.
Tip #3 – Provide as Much Info as Possible
Completing an SSDI application is challenging. You have to provide a lot of information on your application, but Social Security also needs to see proof of your disability. That means you will need to supply copies of any medical records in your possession. The more information you provide, the faster Social Security can process your application.
Tip #4 – Be Responsive
Social Security needs to know how to reach you. In fact, they ask for contact information for a friend or relative who can get in touch with you when Social Security fails. Any time Social Security calls you, you need to talk to them. If you have an attorney, Social Security may call your attorney instead of trying to contact you. Another good reason to hire a disability lawyer.
Tip #5 – Hire a Disability Attorney to Help with Your SSDI Application
Frankly, there are many reasons to hire an attorney to help with your SSDI application. Your chances for success are not guaranteed, but having an experienced legal representative by your side can be beneficial.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have helped many clients resolve SSI issues. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. From our office located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.