With Hartwig Law Firm, It’s as Easy as 1 – 2 – 3

You may be confused about what the Social Security Administration requires from applications for SSDI or SSI benefits. You may have started an application and found your head spinning. You may wonder how you will get the documentation they need, and whether you are answering their questions correctly.

The fact is that the process can be overwhelming. The application for benefits requires a great deal of information regarding your work history, medical history, conditions, and treatment. However, there is hope. You can follow these three steps to apply for benefits yourself. You can also get help from a legal professional who will act as your guide through the process.

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How To Qualify
Many people wonder, “Do I qualify for SSDI benefits?You need to find out fast. It can take many months to get an answer after submitting an application, so it is critical that you apply as soon as possible if you have become disabled. To qualify, you will be required to establish the following:

  1. You cannot work due to a medical condition that is expected to continue for at least 12 months, or will result in death.
  2. You meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.”
  3. You are an eligible family member of a disabled worker.
  4. You have paid into the system during your years of employment for long enough to qualify.
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The Application
The Social Security Administration has a number of options for individuals to apply for disability benefits, including online, by phone, or in person. A phone interview takes about one hour. Those who are deaf or are hard-of-hearing are served with a specific number so that the application can be initiated. You will be sent what is called a “starter kit” (or access it online) that walks you through the application process, but be warned: it isn’t a fast process. You are required to submit the following information:

  • Your Social Security number;
  • Your birth certificate;
  • The names, addresses, and numbers of any medical professionals or caseworkers you have engaged with about your disability, as well as names, addresses, and phone numbers of hospitals and clinics where you were treated, and the dates of the visits to these facilities;
  • A list of all medications and dosages you take for your illness or condition;
  • Medical records from physicians, therapists, hospitals, and clinics, as well as from caseworkers that you have in your possession, as well as lab results and test results;
  • A summary of your work history, including where you were employed, and the type of work you did at that place of employment;
  • A copy of your most recent W-2 form, or for those who are self-employed, your federal tax return that you filed for the past year;
  • A form that provides information about your medical condition and how it has impacted your ability to work;
  • Forms for doctors, hospitals, and clinics as well as other healthcare professionals and facilities who have treated you so that any medical information from these sources can be accessed by the SSA.

Some people who are facing a disability find the process overwhelming, and rightly so. Calling upon a legal professional who is deeply familiar with every detail of the application process can save you the time and stress involved in the application process. Many people choose a simpler way to apply, and connect with an attorney that they trust to file the application correctly the first time. Any failure to provide the required data will lead to a delay or a denial, which can be devastating. Get help for this process, and talk to our Plymouth SSDI lawyer who will guide you through every step, and take care of the heavy lifting for you.

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Hire an Attorney! Denials and Legal Counsel in SSDI Claims
As only about 55% of claims are allowed, the chances of a denial are high. As time passes, it has become more and more difficult to get a claim allowed. You may decide that you can’t risk making an error in the application process, or you may have already applied and had your claim denied. It is far easier and safer to get help from a lawyer that is familiar with the local judges who make decisions about SSDI claims, and who knows exactly what they want to see to come to a favorable decision.

Contact me at Hartwig Law Firm, if you want a legal professional who will guide you through the process, who understands the requirements intimately, can present your case in a manner that is more likely to lead to a positive decision, and who will work with you face-to-face. Call now.