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Social Security Process

How to Apply for Benefits: The Process

Disabled individuals applying for benefits from social security disability insurance (SSDI) or supplemental security income (SSI) have a long road ahead of them in order to have their benefits application approved. On average, the wait time to have your application reviewed and either approved by a disability claims examiner can average between three months and six months. Unfortunately, in many cases, the entire process of applying for social security disability benefits can take even longer than these few months since there is a good chance that your application will be denied and you will need to appeal.

Waiting to get the disability income that you need during the social security application process can be very stressful and receiving a denial and having to go through the appeals process is even worse since there are many deadlines and technical legal requirements that you have to keep track of. To ensure that the application process, including the appeals process, goes as smoothly as possible, it is a smart decision to get help from an attorney for social security disability. At Howard Law, P.C., our social security disability lawyers have extensive experience representing clients both in the initial application process and during SSA appeals. To learn more about how our California disability lawyers can assist you in your case, contact us today.

Applying for Disability Benefits in California

If you cannot work and need income from either SSI or SSDI, you will need to obtain all of the necessary application paperwork and submit an application. You can obtain an application for SSDI online at the Social Security Administration (SSA) website, by contacting the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 or by visiting your local social security office. A social security disability lawyer can also help you to get the required paperwork.

When you submit your application, you will need to include a great deal of important information, such as an authorization to release medical records and information on your medical condition. The SSA prefers medical information from treating physicians who are experts, and the more comprehensive information you can provide to show that you meet the SSA’s definition of disabled, the better off you will be. A California disability benefits attorney can help complete your initial application for the best chance of having it approved.

Your initial application will be reviewed by the SSA office to make sure you meet basic requirements, such as income eligibility (for SSI) and work history eligibility (for SSDI). It will then be reviewed by a disability claims examiner who will assess whether you meet the SSA’s definition of disabled. This entire process usually takes several months.

When a decision is made, you will receive notice of either approval or denial. If your claim is denied, you have the option to appeal but you must act quickly and contact a disability attorney for help since there is a deadline for filing an appeal.