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What you need to know about applying for disability benefits

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2016 | Social Security Disability Benefits

For people who are out of work due to a serious injury or illness, the promise of receiving Social Security Disability benefits can seem like a lifesaver. These payments provide crucial support at a time when it is needed most.

The process of obtaining the benefits is extremely complicated, and you may feel overwhelmed when you first start thinking about applying. We wanted to provide you with some information about the process, and some of the steps that you can take to ensure that your claims receive a proper review. 

The Social Security Administration will most likely deny your claim

Most people do not realize that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will flat out reject their claims on the first attempt. It is almost a given that the agency will make you jump through hoops before your claims will be approved. Many applicants give up hope of receiving the financial support at this time, and continue to suffer while being unable to work.

You should know that even though the agency rejected your claims, there are multiple avenues for you to pursue to continue with your request for benefits. Reconsideration, hearings and appeals are all possible in some circumstances.

There are many conditions that qualify for benefits – if you supply the correct information

The SSA’s definition of disability means that you are suffering from an injury or illness that will keep you out of work for an entire year or result in your death. Several different injuries and illnesses will qualify individuals to get benefits, but, in order for claims to be approved, you must include the appropriate documentation to establish that you are actually suffering from a condition that would result in coverage.

This means that your SSD benefits application must contain information from your doctors that adequately disclose the extent of your injuries or illness. If you fail to include any of the necessary paperwork or reports, your claim could be delayed. Each condition will have specific information that must be included, so it is extremely important that you understand exactly what must be included with your application.

Hiring an attorney can help you have success with your claims

As you can see, filing for disability benefits is an extremely technical process that leaves many people frustrated. However, if you work with an experienced Social Security Disability benefits on your claims, you stand a much better chance of having your application approved.

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