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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

Mental Conditions and Social Security Disability

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

If you suffer from mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar or schizophrenia it is better to treat with a specialist such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health counselor rather than from a primary care physician (PCP). A specialists medical records, findings and opinions carry greater weight with the Social Security Administration when determining if you are disabled than those from non-specialists such as a PCP or family doctor.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney