Applying for long-term Social Security benefits can be a daunting task. Take a look at the information below to get an idea of what to expect. You may wish to consult an attorney to help guide you through this arduous process.
– A recent work test based on your age.
– A duration of work test to show that you have worked long enough under Social Security.
How do I apply for disability benefits?
– Make sure to apply for your disability benefits as soon as you become disabled.
– It can take three to five months for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to process your application.
– You can apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov
– You can also apply by calling 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment. This appointment puts you in a Social
Security office or on a phone to speak to a member of the SSA.
– Prepare to spend about an hour for your initial disability claims interview.
What information do I need to apply?
– Social Security number.
– Birth or baptismal certificate.
– Information about your doctors, hospitals and clinics that treated you. Provide the dates of your visits along with the names, addresses and phone numbers of your doctors.
– Information about any medications you take, including names and dosages.
– Your medical records and lab results.
– Information about your employer and work duties.
– Your most recent W-2.
What happens next?
– SSA reviews your application to see if you meet the requirements for disability benefits.
– The agency evaluates your work activities along with work duration.
– The caseworker who takes in your initial application forwards everything to the Disability Determination Services office.
– The agency then considers facts and contacts your doctors about your medical condition.
How does SSA determine if I qualify?
– If you are working and your earnings are above a certain amount, you won’t quality for this benefit.
– If your medical condition isn’t severe, you won’t qualify.
– If your medical condition doesn’t prevent you from doing your previous work, you won’t qualify.
– If you can do other work, you won’t qualify.
This information gives you an idea of the process for qualifying for long-term disability benefits. An attorney can help you work through any questions you have as well as appeals. Contact us if you need any help.