Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
A large number of applications for social security disability income (SSDI) benefits are denied because applicants submit incomplete applications or include incorrect information on their initial applications. If you are experiencing a disability that prevents you from working, the Social Security disability lawyers at Aronova & Associates can help you prepare and submit your application for SSDI benefits. We make it our mission to help disabled individuals in Manhattan, Long Island, Nassau County, and elsewhere in New York State to apply for and receive the SSDI benefits to which they are entitled.
Advantages of Working with an Attorney to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security disability lawyers at Aronova & Associates understand that you face long odds when you apply for social security disability. The Social Security Administration reports that only about one-third of all claims are approved, and only one-fourth of all applicants are awarded SSDI benefits on the basis of their initial application. Three to five months can elapse before the Administration issues any response to an application. Although the SSDI benefits program is designed to help disabled workers, the process of applying for Social Security disability can be lengthy and disheartening.
An experienced SSDI benefits attorney will help shift the odds in your favor. An experienced attorney will know, for example, how to effectively impress upon the Administration the full extent to which your disability prevents you from doing your job. Your SSDI benefits lawyer will also recognize gaps or missing documents in your application and will verify that the application is complete and correct before it is submitted.
Checklist for Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
A Social Security disability application has multiple sections, and all of those sections should be completed and submitted at the same time. This checklist will help you to organize everything you need for a strong application:
- Locate your social security card or, if you do not have a card, verify that you are using the correct social security number on your application.
- Get valid proof of your age, including, for example, a birth certificate.
- Confirm that you have the correct names (including spellings) of every doctor, caseworker, medical center, or clinic that treated your injury or disability, and verify the dates of every medical appointment that you had with them.
- Check the names and dosages of any medicines that doctors prescribed or recommended that you take, and make sure that you are using those medications per your doctor’s recommendations.
- Contact your doctors and ask for copies of all medical records and laboratory or test results that show the type and extent of your disability, including expected recovery time.
- Write a detailed description of the type of work that you do, the places you have worked, and the people or companies that employed you.
- Have copies of your W-2 income forms and tax returns that show the level of your income before you experienced your disability.
The Social Security Administration will want to see original documents or certified copies of documents from the offices that issued them. The Administration will return the original documents to you, but it will generally not accept photocopies of original documents.
Contact Aronova & Associates for Assistance on How to Apply for Social Security Disability
The SSDI lawyers at Aronova & Associates represent disabled workers in Manhattan, Long Island, Nassau County, and throughout New York State at all phases of the SSDI application process. We help disabled workers gather information and prepare their applications. If their Social Security disability application is denied, we continue to represent them through requests for reconsideration, administrative hearings, Appeals Council reviews, and if needed, an appeal to a Federal Judge.
Call the Social Security disability attorneys at Aronova & Associates to improve your prospects of submitting a successful SSDI benefits application and for representation in dealing with the Social Security Administration itself.
Additional “Social Security Benefits Application” Resources:
- SSA.gov: Disability Planner: How You Apply. https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/dapply.html
- CNBC.com: Steps to Successfully Apply for Social Security Disability. https://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/01/steps-to-successfully-apply-for-social-security-disability.html