Applying for Disability Benefits

Applying for Disability Benefits

If you’re unable to work because of an injury, you may be eligible for disability benefits that can help you meet financial obligations. While these benefits ought to be available to anyone with a legitimate injury that prevents financial income, the process of applying can be difficult and time-consuming.

At Lerner, Moore, Silva, Cunningham & Rubel, we have years of experience helping our clients apply for disability benefits. We also represent our clients in disability cases. If you’re approaching the disability benefits process without prior knowledge, it’s essential to understand the core application elements before you begin.

If you have any questions about disability benefits, eligibility, and applications, please call Lerner, Moore, Silva, Cunningham & Rubel at (909)889-1131 now. We help our clients apply for SSI and SSDI benefits.

The Disability Application Process

If you want to apply for SSDI or SSI, you have three choices: phone, online, and visiting an SSA brick-and-mortar office. You will need to complete a questionnaire detailing your work history, injuries, and details about your mobility. Make sure that you’re honest and forthright throughout this process.

Next, you will need to submit core personal details, such as your work history, Social Security Number, birth certificate, doctor details, prescription medical details, and more.

As part of the application process, you will also need to undergo an examination from an SSA-selected physician. The physician, as well as your documentation, will need to indicate that your injury has lasted at least 12 months (or will last 12 months).

Failure to complete this application correctly can result in a denial. This is why it can be useful to use a disability attorney to help with the application process.

What to Expect from the SSA?

The SSA will need to determine if you have the correct work credits to receive this type of disability benefit. Each year that you work, you accumulate credits. Your age at the time of your application will also be considered – younger workers will require fewer credits than older workers.

If the SSA determines you have sufficient credits, they will send your claim to Disability Determination Services (DDS) to continue the application process.

DDS Review

The DDS is the organization that will approve or deny your claim. Their team will assess your application and its core details. They will also assess your ability to continue working – as well as your ability to perform alternative types of work.

If the DDS needs more evidence, they may require an additional examination from a physician. Once the DDS makes a decision, they will send you a letter with the details regarding your claim. If your claim is successful, this will include the amount you’re entitled to, as well as other core details.

Call a Disability Lawyer for Help Applying for Disability Benefits

If you’re in urgent need of disability benefits but you have doubts about the application process, it’s time to contact a disability law firm that can assist. At Lerner, Moore, Silva, Cunningham & Rubel, our disability attorneys understand the complexities associated with applying for benefits.

If you would like a free consultation with our team, please dial (909)889-1131 now!