Applying for SSD
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recommends that you apply for
disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. At times when you
may still be dealing with the physical, emotional, and financial consequences
of a disability, however, navigating the SSD application process can be
a challenge. At Shook & Stone, our Social Security disability attorneys
are here to walk you step-by-step through the process to ensure that you
receive the benefits you need.
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Information You Will Need
SSD benefits provide financial assistance to people whose physical or mental
disabilities prevent them from working. This means that all applicants
must prove that they meet the criteria to qualify for SSD. To do so, you
must provide certain information about yourself, including:
- ID, proof of age, and Social Security number
- Names and contact information of doctors, clinics, hospitals or other medical
professionals that have provided you care, as well as the dates of your visits.
- Information about any medications you take
- Medical records from any medical professional that provided treatment
- Any test and lab results
- Information about your work history; where you worked and the type of work you did
- A recent W-2 form or federal tax return
- Information about family members who may qualify for benefits
Our legal team understands the importance of providing sufficient evidence
when applying for benefits, and can assist you in compiling and obtaining
the necessary information you will need to provide. You can visit our
qualifying for SSD page to learn more about the criteria you will need to meet.
Understanding the Process
Once you have gathered the necessary information, it is important to understand
the application process. For one, applying for SSD benefits is a process
that takes longer than other types of Social Security claims – typically from
3 to 5 months. Providing as much information as possible about your disability and work
history can help shorten this process. A state agency will review your
application and may ask you to complete an examination or medical test
before issuing a decision.
It is important to understand that because the SSD application process
is so complex, the SSA often denies benefits to applicants. In fact, denial
rates during the initial stage of the application process are approximately
60%. If you have been denied benefits, our attorneys can help you
appeal the decision.
Request a Free Case Evaluation Today
Our Las Vegas Social Security disability lawyers have helped numerous clients
successfully apply for and obtain disability benefits – and we are
prepared to see how we can help you. If you would like more information
about applying for SSD, your eligibility, and how Shook & Stone can
help, complete a free online
case evaluation form or call 888-662-2013 for a free consultation. We represent clients
throughout Nevada from office locations in Las Vegas, Reno, and Carson City.