The Social Security Disability process is complex — so while you can file on your own, it is often quicker and easier to file using an experienced company or attorney. They will take the stress out of determining which programs you qualify for and which benefits you are entitled to receive.
When applying for disability you want to avoid delays and denials caused by incorrect or missing information provided on your application. These small mistakes can affect whether you win your case, how much monthly financial aid is granted, and also how much back payment you are eligible to receive.
The average application process includes up to 3 different applications and more than 25 pages of detailed paperwork. It is highly recommended to work with someone who is experienced and has a track record of successful claims, otherwise you may risk losing thousands of dollars in lifetime benefits.
Before applying for disability benefits, you will need to determine if you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both.
You can apply for disability online, or by making an appointment at your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office to apply in person. You may also call your local SSA to apply over the phone if you are not able to get to an office. Every state has at least 4 offices where you can submit your application.
Unfortunately, with the amount of individuals applying for disability it is more likely that your claim will initially be denied than approved. Remember that all hope is not lost if your claim is denied. There are many options to appeal a denied claim, including online and by taking your claim to a federal court.
A denial can be frustrating and challenging to overcome, so if you are in this process we recommend completing this free evaluation to see if you qualify for professional support at no up-front cost to you.