Process for Filing for Social Security Disability

mdd2If you are disabled, then you need to start filing your Social Security Disability as early as possible. Since the process can be quite lengthy, the earlier you start, the sooner your payments will start arriving.

Disabled individuals have different ways that they can start the process including filling out the form online, by mail, by telephone or in person at a local Social Security office. You may be asked to provide your birth certificate, proof of citizenship, military discharge papers, W-2 forms or self-employment records, workers’ compensation information and medical evidence.

Once you file, your paperwork will go to a local Social Security office. Once the office personnel starts working on your case, then you can expect them to contact you for even more information including your name at birth, information about retirement benefits and annuities, the types of jobs that you have held, if you support other family members and money that you may be eligible to receive from your most recent employer.

Once the local field office has collected all the information that it needs, your case will then go on to a Disability Determination Service within your state. Expect this office to contact you to ask for your medical records from your current providers. Social Security prefers to see medical records from your own provider. If the staff cannot make a determination based on your provided medical records, then they will send you to their provider for a consultative examination.

After your medical records are obtained, then the Disability Determination Service will decide if you are eligible for benefits. If you are found eligible, then the case returns to your local field office where they determine the amount that you can receive along with determining if you owe any back Social Security.

As you can tell, the process can get quite complicated. In fact, it can take up to six months to get your first decision with only 45 percent of the cases being approved the first time. Therefore, it is best to contact an advocate early in the process to help you along the way. A great advocate is Myler Disability who has offices in each state. Contacting them is especially important if you are rejected during your first decision, as it can take another six months to appeal your case before an administrative law judge. If this judge still does not approve your case, then it can take another year before your appeal can be heard by a different judge hears your case.

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