If you are suffering from a medical condition that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. However, applying for these benefits can be a complicated process, and you may not know where to start. In this guide, we will walk you through the three ways to apply for Social Security disability benefits, as well as the benefits of hiring a disability attorney.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
There are three ways to apply for Social Security disability benefits:
- Apply by Phone
The first way to apply for SSD benefits is by calling the Social Security Administration (SSA) at (800) 772-1213. When you call, you will speak with a caseworker who will do the application over the phone with you. However, this method is not the most recommended since wait times can be long. If you decide to apply over the phone, make sure to have a list of your doctors, medications, and employment history for the past 15 years on hand.
- Apply by Mail
You can also apply for benefits by mail. To do this, download and fill out an application from the SSA website and send it via certified mail. Make sure to keep a copy for yourself, and call your local Social Security office two weeks after you have sent the letter to confirm they have received your application and are processing the claim.
- Apply Online
The easiest way to apply for Social Security disability benefits is online. Simply go to the SSA website, and you will be directed through the process. The advantage of applying online is that you can complete the application at your own pace, and you will receive an online receipt of your submission.
Benefits of Hiring a Disability Attorney
While applying for benefits online or by phone can be convenient, it can also be challenging to navigate the complex regulations used to determine your claim. Hiring a disability attorney can help alleviate this stress, as they are knowledgeable in the field and can guide you through the process. Additionally, a disability attorney will work on a contingency basis, which means that you pay nothing out of pocket. Their fee is contingent on your claim being approved, and it will be handled by the SSA itself. Hiring an attorney can be the easiest path to obtaining the disability benefits you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions about How to apply for Social Security Disability benefits
What information do I need to provide when applying for Social Security disability benefits?
A: When applying for Social Security disability benefits, you will need to provide information about your medical condition, your work history, and your financial situation. You will also need to provide information about your doctors and medications.
How long does it take to get approved for Social Security disability benefits?
The time it takes to get approved for Social Security disability benefits varies depending on the complexity of your case. Some cases can be approved in as little as a few weeks, while others can take several months or even years.
Do I need a disability attorney to apply for Social Security disability benefits?
While it is not required to have a disability attorney to apply for Social Security disability benefits, it can be beneficial to have one. A disability attorney can help you navigate the complex legal system and ensure that your application is completed correctly and can also represent you in appeals if your claim is denied.
How much does it cost to hire a disability attorney?
Most disability attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they only get paid if you win your case. The fee for a disability attorney is usually a percentage of the back pay you receive if you are approved for benefits. The percentage can vary.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
At the LaBovick Law Group, we specialize in disability claims and are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the benefits they need. If you are considering applying for Social Security disability benefits, call us at (561) 623-3681 for a free consultation. We look forward to speaking with you soon!