Mobile SSD Application Lawyer Making the SSD Application Process Easier
Back in the day, to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits you’d have to reach out directly to the Social Security Administration and ask them to mail you an application. These days there are multiple ways to apply. You can do it online, via phone, or by walking into a local Social Security Administration office. That said, 70% of initial applications are denied, so depending on your situation, it may be in your best interest to enlist legal help before starting the application process. A good Social Security attorney can save you a lot of time in the long run when it comes to navigating the Social Security Administration.
What Is The SSD Application Process?
Your first step in filing a disability claim is to submit an application to the Social Security Administration. From there, an examiner will review your claim, which is a surprisingly long and complicated process. To be eligible, your injury or illness must be extreme enough that you cannot work. On top of that, you’ll need to submit medical records and a statement from your doctor that works as evidence to your claim. You will ultimately need to show evidence that your physical or mental condition will last at least 12 months or result in death. Because the approval or denial is based on the information you submit, you may want the help of a Social Security attorney to ensure each document is submitted properly and on time.
How Are SSD Claims Evaluated?
One of the first things the examiner from the Social Security Administration will look at is if you have the minimum amount of work credits. Credits are based on the income you’ve earned in your lifetime and the number of credits required depends on your age when you apply for disability benefits. The examiner will also look at your most recent paychecks. In the event you are making above the maximum income, the examiner may determine you’re not eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
If you meet the minimum financial requirements, your examiner will pass your application onto Disability Determination Services for a full review of your claim. A Social Security lawyer can evaluate your claim to determine if you’ve earned enough credits to apply for SSD.
What Is the Disability Determination Services Process?
If you meet the basic financial requirements, the Disability Determination Services will conduct a full review and make the decision on whether to approve your claim. One of the first steps in the process is looking at the medical records you provide. They’ll want to ensure your condition fits their legal description of a “disability” and that you cannot work.
If the examiner determines you’ve provided an insufficient amount of evidence about the severity of your condition, the Social Security Administration may require you to meet with an independent physician in their network. The results of these medical consultations could be a key factor in the outcome of your claim. At this point, if your claim is denied, you’ll receive an explanation as well as information on how to appeal the decision.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Apply for Social Security Disability?
Because 70% of all SSD applications are denied, it’s a huge asset to have a Social Security lawyer fighting by your side. Our Mobile law firm can submit the application in a way that gets a positive outcome. The application process can be overwhelming, we’ll handle everything from gathering documents, communicating with your medical team to ensure we have proper evidence and submit all documents on time.
If your claim happens to be denied, a Social Security lawyer will be by your side through the entire appeal process. Walton Law LLC is committed to helping the disabled get the benefits they deserve. Call our office at 251-319-5354 for a free consultation.