Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: April 22nd, 2018 | Categories: Social Security Disability
As SSDI attorneys in Columbus, Ohio, we know that applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can seem daunting. We prepared this step-by-step overview of the application process to help you avoid false starts and navigate the application process with as little guesswork as possible.
We welcome further questions about your specific circumstances. You can schedule a consultation online or call us at (614) 545-9998 to speak directly with an experienced disability benefits lawyer.
Are you a U.S. citizen? Have you paid into the Social Security system? Do you have a condition that will make you unable to work for at least 12 months or which will take your life?
If you can answer yes to all three questions of these questions, you meet the basic criteria for applying for SSDI benefits. Affirmative answers also allow you to apply for federal disability benefits for your dependent child who is younger than 18.
Special circumstances may allow you to apply if you answer no to one of the three primary eligibility questions. Consulting with a Columbus SSDI lawyer will make it clear if an exception applies to your case.
The Social Security Administration keeps, and regularly updates, an online Listing of Impairments that can qualify SSDI applicants to receive benefits. The list is very long, and it is organized into sections for adults with disabilities and children with disabilities.
Check the appropriate list. If your conditions does not appear in one of the categories that range from respiratory disorders and special sense and speech disorders to neurological disorders and cancer, you can still apply for SSDI. You will just need to present additional medical and occupational information to show that the condition renders you unable to work.
Getting approved to receive Social Security disability benefits requires submitting proof that you (or your child) suffers from a physical, mental, or intellectual disability. That proof consists of diagnoses from physicians, reports from occupational and learning specialists, records from therapists, and bills for medications, hospitalizations, and home health care or assisted living services.
Putting this information together before sitting down to prepare your application will make the task easier. You will also be able to find missing information quicker if you do not have to hunt down every necessary piece of paper as you work through the application form.
Many people who qualify for SSDI benefits can also apply for Supplemental Security Income. SSI is awarded based on need to individuals who have little or no income from other sources. Discussing your monthly expenses and income with a Columbus, Ohio, SSDI lawyer will help you understand if applying for SSI makes sense. If you do apply for SSI, you will need financial records like bank statements. Lease/mortgage and pay stubs.
The SSDI application is a lengthy document, but you can fill it out online and save it as you go along so you do not have to finish it all at one go. You also have the right to consult with or work alongside a disability attorney as you complete the application.
A majority of first-time SSDI applications get rejected for technical reasons or because they arrived with medical evidence that a case review considered insufficient. If you receive a letter informing you that your application has been denied, do not panic. Take the letter to an SSDI attorney in Columbus, Ohio, who can identify exactly what needs to be done to appeal the denial of benefits.
The SSDI and SSI process both permit multiple appeals. Even if you exhaust all those, you have the right to take the Social Security program to court to argue for why you need and qualify for disability benefits and/or supplemental income.