The Social Security Disability Process
How to Apply for SSD Benefits
The first step to obtaining Social Security disability (SSD) is to file
an application through your local Social Security office. This can be
done online, over the phone, or in person. You will be required to complete
and submit an Adult Disability Report (Form SSA-3368), which you can also
complete online, as well as an
Application for Disability Insurance Benefits. You will also need to provide the following documents:
- Birth certificate or other proof of birth
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status
- U.S. military discharge papers if you served before 1968
- W-2 form(s) and/or self-employment tax returns for the previous year
- Medical evidence already in your possession, such as records, doctors'
reports, and recent test results
- Award letters, pay stubs, settlement agreements, or other proof of any
temporary or permanent workers' compensation-type benefits you received
What happens after I apply for Social Security disability?
Once you've submitted all the necessary information and applied for
SSD benefits, your application will be sent to the state disability agency
to be reviewed by the Disability Determination Services (DDS). They will
make a decision regarding your claim and notify you by mail as to whether
or not you have been granted benefits. If your
claim is denied, you may
appeal the claim in order to reverse the decision and win benefits.
An Attorney Could Help
If you need to apply for Social Security disability, get the counsel and
representation of a Las Vegas Social Security disability lawyer immediately.
Shook & Stone has recovered more than $100 million for clients in
settlements and verdicts since 1997 and we have the experience to help
you obtain fair benefits through your Social Security Insurance.
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