When Filing for Disability, Secure the Help of Social Security Advocates or Lawyers
Filing for disability is not as simple as just completing a few necessary forms. Disability claims can be complicated, and difficult to win without legal representation. There is specific information that you will need to provide when filing for disability, and with a high probability that your first application will be denied, you may have to file an appeal.
Filing for Disability Benefits
When filing for disability, the application can be submitted online, in-person at your local Social Security District Office, or over the telephone. In addition to the application for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB), you will need to complete the adult disability report.
If your initial forms are submitted correctly, the Social Security Administration will then make a decision on which benefits you may be eligible for as you continue to gather information for your full disability application. When your application is complete, your claim is sent to Disability Determination Services (DDS).
What if My Disability Application is Denied?
If after filing for disability your application is denied, you will be entitled to an appeal for reconsideration. After being denied you have 60 days to file an appeal with the Social Security Administration.
This application for appeal is called the Request for Reconsideration form. Additionally, you will need to complete a Disability Report Appeal form. If the first appeal is denied, you will have three more opportunities to appeal.
The steps of a disability claim appeal include:
- A hearing with a judge
- An appeals council review
- A federal court review
The disability appeals process can take months, or even years, so it is important to have qualified Social Security advocates or lawyers on your side from the start who can explain each step of the process as well as ensure your forms are completed correctly and all critical evidence is accounted for when filing for disability.
Do you need help filing for disability? The disability advocates or attorneys at Freedom Disability provide professional education and representation services for people with disabilities. Contact us to schedule a free evaluation of your claim at (800) 298-6885.