If you have been injured or developed severe medical conditions, and have been out of work for an extended period of time or anticipate being out of work for a year or longer, you may want to file for Social Security disability. There is a lot to this process and you need to find out if you qualify before you start the process. Speaking with an experienced SSD law firm is always best. Filing for Social Security disability can be a very arduous task. Claimants are approved based on a variety of arguments, but the three most common arguments are: 1. Your medical condition meets one of Social Security’s medical listings, 2. Based on your age, education, residual functional capacity, and work experience you qualify based on Social Security’s Medical Vocational Rules, or 3. You are unable to perform any work on a regular and continuing basis (5 days, 40 hours a week). For more information on applying for Social Security disability, and who qualifies, you can check the Social Security website and read the criteria. You can also get more information by contacting a law firm specializing in disability law. A disability lawyer in North Carolina can assist you when it comes to filing an initial application, as well as filing appeals and representing you at a hearing if necessary.
Filling an Initial Application
Initial applications can be filed online, over the phone, by mail, or in person at a local Social Security office. Whether you complete the application online or in person, it is important that the application is filed correctly, with details about your work history, your medical conditions, your treatment, and that it includes any available supporting documentation. It is always best to have an experienced Social Security disability attorney to guide you throughout the process. Although the SSD initial application form is standard all over the country, it needs to be filled out carefully. Skilled attorneys understand exactly what is expected when filling out these forms and are sure to fill them out with accuracy the first time.
Some of the Basic Information Required to Fill Out an Initial SSD Application Form
- Social Security Number
- Complete Name as Listed on Your Birth Certificate
- Contact Numbers
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Numbers of any Dependents
- Medical treatment history
- Names and contact information for your treating doctors
- Your medical conditions
- Your work history
Calling a Disability Law Firm
When you first call a disability attorney it is advisable to have all of this information ready. After asking some general questions, the disability law firm will help explain the process of applying for and appealing an SSD case and in many cases can even file the initial application for you. The most important evidence that you have is the medical records that support your disability claim. If you do not already have a copy of your medical records, a SSD law firm will help to make sure all of your medical records are sent to Social Security for review, before a decision is made.
Attorney Vaughn Clauson of The Clauson Law Firm, PLLC is an experienced disability claim lawyer in North Carolina, who can guide you through the Social Security application and appeals process. Make sure you have a professional disability attorney in your corner when you apply for SSD benefits.