Archive for April, 2014

How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

When I receive an initial telephone call from a potential Social Security disability client they often have not applied for disability benefits as they are not sure how to start the process or think they need an attorney to file the application for them. This blog will discuss how to apply for disability benefits and some pointers to help you apply for benefits.

The best way to apply for benefits is to do it online at ssa.gov which will take you step by step through the process. You can log on and off at your leisure until the application is complete then hit the submit button.

You will need basic information such as claimant’s full name, home address, telephone numbers, date of birth, Social Security Number, marital status, any dependents etc. Also will need information about work history and any medical conditions that is preventing you from working.

It is very important that you provide complete information regarding your medical treatment to include doctors name, name of the medical practice, address and telephone number so the Social Security Administration can obtain these medical records. If you do not fully disclose the medical information the SSA can not get the records.

Other ways to apply for Social Security disability benefits is to call the SSA at their toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and they will schedule an appointment at your local SSA office to complete the application. Another way to apply is to go to the local SSA office as an unscheduled walk in but be prepared for a long wait.

Further list all medical and mental conditions even if they seem minor to you as sometimes a combination of medical conditions may prevent from working whereas any of the conditions singularly would not prevent you from working.

Also give some thought on the date you use as the date you became disabled which should be the date you were no longer able to work. Such dates may be the date you had to be hospitalized, or had surgery, or had to quit your job due to the inability to continue working due to medical conditions.

James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Attorney

Consultative Examinations in Social Security Disabilty Claims

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

When you apply for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, sometimes the Social Security Administration (SSA) may decide you need to have a consultative examination (CE) or tests with a medical doctor before they can determine if you qualify for disability benefits.

The Disability Determination Services (DDS) in your state reviews your disability claim, will schedule and pay for the medical examination or tests and will review this documentation along with all of your other information in your application in making a decision.

The doctor who sees you will only do an examination, will send a report to the DDS and will not treat you or prescribe medications for you.

The claimant will receive a letter from the SSA informing them whether they are disabled. If the claimant does not agree with the decision the letter will advise the claimant on how to appeal the decision. If the claim is denied and you do not already have an attorney representing you then you should hire an attorney to file any necessary appeals on your behalf.

James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Attorney