If you suffer from a mental health or medical condition that interferes with your ability to work and can’t make enough money to pay your bills, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). There are two programs run by the SSA that covered disabled people, called Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). As with any government program, in order to qualify for benefits, you must apply and be approved. The application for both programs is available online, but the process of getting approved can be full of pitfalls and complications.
If you are disabled due to a medical condition, you should apply for benefits. The team of affiliated attorneys at My.Attorney will guide you through the process of applying and getting approved for your disability benefits. From our offices in Florida, our social security disability attorneys handle disability cases throughout the country, providing complete legal services to disabled individuals at all stages of the disability and appeals process. We know the rules regarding eligibility for disability benefits and have experienced with all levels of disability benefits claims process, from gathering medical records and submitting your application to handlingh your appeal if you are denied. If you have any questions about your disability eligibility or appeal, please contact our office today to learn how we can help by calling #4LAW.
Get Medical Documentation
Typically your first step is to have a conversation with your doctor about your medical condition. The SSA will want to review your medical records to understand the onset, nature, and severity of your medical condition. It is not enough to demonstrate the symptoms, you need medical documentation showing your disability and inability to work.
An important point should be made here about being clear and thorough with your doctor. Many people generally do not like to whine or complain about the difficulties in their lives. This means that when they talk to their doctor they will minimize their condition or leave out some details about how badly they are suffering. Some people think that once the doctor knows their symptoms or condition they don’t need to keep bringing them up. The problem this creates in getting disability benefits is that the SSA does not get a clear and accurate picture of the impact of your condition on your work life. So, from the beginning, please be thorough and accurate in exactly how your condition is making you feel and the ways it is preventing you from keeping a job. These statements will be documented by your doctor and then given to the SSA in your medical records. This will significantly improve your chances of being approved.
Fill out Your Application
The next step is to fill out the application. You can do this in several ways including by phone, online or in-person at your local Social Security office. When you are filling out the application, do not leave any questions blank and be thorough and accurate in answering the questions. You should avoid using a simple “yes” or “no” whenever possible. You should also provide copies of your medical records with the application or, in the alternative, you can sign a medical release authorizing your doctors to release your medical records to the SSA. Please remember, the more information you provide and the more documentation you have when you apply, the more you increase your chances of getting approved.
You must complete an interview as well. Often this is done at the same time as the application if you are applying on the phone or in-person. You can schedule an interview for another time if you complete the online application. In the interview, you should be thorough and accurate about how your condition affects you. Follow the same process you did when speaking to your doctors and resist the feeling that you are whining or complaining. This is your opportunity to paint a clear picture of how your condition is affecting you. If you are having severe migraine headaches, for instance, don’t simply say that you get headaches. Help the interviewer understand how bad they get, what your life is like when you get them and how your migraines keep you from working.
Once the application and the interview are complete, it can take several months to determine whether you meet the disability qualifications and have been approved. You will be notified whether you have been approved or rejected. If you do not get this information, you need to follow-up and determine the status of your application.
If you have been rejected, do not give up. The vast majority of applications are denied the first time. It is simply a step in the process. However, if you have been denied you need to file an appeal and there are time limits that begin once the application has been denied. We recommend consulting with an attorney before you apply. An experienced attorney can help you to present the best case upfront. Even if you have not consulted with an attorney yet, now is the time to get an attorney and have them file your appeal.
Contact Our Florida Social Security Disability Attorney
At My.Attorney we have decades of experience filing for and appealing disability cases with the SSA. If you are trying to figure out if you qualify for either program or putting together your initial application, please contact our office by calling #4LAW, downloading our app or by filling out the contact form. We are dedicated to helping disability applicants get the benefits they deserve. We know how much your condition has affected and changed your life. Trying to learn the disability system as you attempt to get your benefits is almost too much to ask. Let us help you, using our years of experience, to show how your life has changed and get you the disability benefits you deserve.