Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a complex process for anyone going through it by themselves. Getting approval for a claim is generally a multi-step course of action, and support from a qualified attorney or a certified non-attorney representative who specializes in SSA benefit matters can be a lifeline for those in need.
The typical steps taken in seeking claim approval for these types of cases includes:
- Filing The Application – Depending on the claim for benefits that you may qualify for, the application process can be completed online, via telephone at 1-800-772-1213, or can be filed in person by visiting your local Social Security Administration office.
- Eligibility – Every claim for benefits is put through an evaluation to first determine whether or not the person filing a claim is eligible to receive certain benefits. Generally speaking if you have worked a full time job 5 out of the last 10 years, you may be eligible for DIB. If you have not been able to work full time during those past 5 years you may still be eligible for SSI.
- Appealing A Denial – If you have been denied, don't be discouraged because there are numerous factors that may contribute to the Initial Denial that are beyond your control. By looking at the date indicated on the denial letter from SSA, you only have 60 days to appeal that decision by filing a Request for Reconsideration. Unfortunately, statistics show that if you received an Initial Denial, then chances are likely that you may also receive the second or Reconsideration Denial as well. Once again don't be discouraged, but be aware that you only have 60 days to appeal that determination by filing a Request for Hearing. At the hearing level your claim is scheduled before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), for an in-person presentation of your case. Through this whole claims process, the hearing with a judge is the first time you get to explain your case to the person rendering the decision on your claim. If your claim is once again denied by the ALJ you may submit a Request for Review of the judge's decision to the Appeals Council or you may restart the application process from the beginning by filing a new claim.
The Social Security Disability advocates of Wright & Wright, America's Social Security Disability Firm™ provide free consultations for injured individuals seeking assistance with filing for Social Security benefits. We understand that individuals who are seeking this type of support typically do not have the time or ability required to complete the filing process alone, particularly in cases where one is learning to adjust to living with a newly acquired disability day-to-day.
Wright & Wright, America's Social Security Disability Firm™ can advocate for you if you need help with your SSI or SSD claim. For more information about filing for social security disability, contact Wright & Wright, America's Social Security Disability Firm™ today.