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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

What Medical Questions Are Asked At The Social Security Disability Hearing?

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

At the Social Security disability hearing the claimant will be asked about their medical conditions, illnesses and injuries by the judge or their attorney, such as:

Describe your illness/injury/condition
Do you experience pain?
Where? How often? How severe?
Do you take medications to relieve pain?
Do you receive regular medical treatment?
What types of treatment?
Medications? Physical therapy? Counseling?
Any side effects from medications?
Have you ever been treated for a mental condition?
Depression? Anxiety? Schizophrenia?
Have you had any hospital ER visits?
Any hospitalizations?
Any surgeries?

When testifying it is most beneficial to give detailed information regarding your disabling medical conditions that prevent you from working so the Social Security disability judge can assess the severity of your medical conditions in determining whether to award you Social Security disability benefits.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

Follow Your Doctors Treatment Plan When Filing for Social Security Disability

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

When filing for Social Security disability benefits it is very important to follow your doctors advice and treatment plan as your disability claim could be denied by the Social Security Administration for failure to do so. For instance if your medical records indicated that a treating doctor prescribed medications, physical therapy and injections for your back pain but you declined the recommended treatment you could be denied benefits for not following prescribed treatment. The Social Security judge deciding your claim may rule that you refused medical treatment which may have alleviated your back pain and allowed you to get back to work. If you did not have health insurance or money to pay for these treatments you may be able to convince a judge not to hold this against you.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney