Application for Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits


By law, anyone may file a claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. There are three ways an individual can go about the application.

  • One way is to file in person at a local Social Security office.

  • Another way is to contact Social Security by telephone and arrange for a telephonic interview to file a claim.

  • The last way is to file an application online.

Our experienced disability benefits lawyers specialize in handling disability claims and cases. With more than 15 years of experience in social security and disability claims, you have the advantage of our resources and the assistance of our expert lawyers.

Filing an application for SSD benefits is an easy process to get started with. However, the word “filing” here, does not only refer to the initial application stage. Such refers to the entire disability process which can even lead all the way to the appeals stage. And in reference to that, the entire process is not as easy as one may think. The approval process can become long and tedious.

Social Security Administration does not really tell how long the approval may take exactly. Although they may say that “an initial application may take 120 days to process on average”. It is by using the word “average” which makes the statement very misleading. This is only one of the many reasons why applying for Social Security Disability benefits may turn out to be a very tiring and annoying experience.

However, there is also that possibility that some individuals will just breeze through the approval system and get approved on their very first application for SSD benefits. These individuals are the lucky ones who don’t have to worry about enduring the appeals process and dealing with all the other things that more often than not come with it, such as medical/billing records being misplaced, claim files getting lost, important documents/paper works gone etc.

Nevertheless, it has remained to be a reality that the ratio of claimants who do not experience such scenario of having been granted benefits on their first application tends to be fairly small. There are even times that SSD benefits are often denied to people who have legitimate claims. These are the reasons why it is advisable to seek the help of a legal counsel. Statistics clearly show that claimants who have legal representation have been granted their benefits more often than those who apply on their own.

Our experienced Social Security disability attorneys can help you pursue your disability claims at any stage of the process. We also represent claimants in various social security disability hearings and appeals.

For consultation, you may call us at our toll-free number and avail of our free case analysis.

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