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How to Apply for Social Security Disability

Social Security is one of the largest federal programs available to those with disabilities. It is made up of two programs: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. They are both administered by the Social Security Administration, and only those who meet certain criteria can receive benefits from this program.

West Palm Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer

Below, we will provide an overview of the application process to obtain Social Security Disability benefits.

Getting Started – What is Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability is an insurance program through the federal government. You must meet certain qualifications to have this benefit, including working the required amount of time before collecting benefits. If you have a medical condition that has either prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for 12 months, then you may qualify for this benefit.

Supplemental Security Income Verses Social Security Disability: What is the Difference?

Supplemental Security Income will also pay additional benefits based on your financial need. It is not funded by Social Security Taxes like the Social Security Disability program; it is rather funded by the general tax revenues.

It provides aid for those who are elderly, blind, or disabled and have little income. It is meant to be used for basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing.

The application process for this type of benefit is separate from the Social Security Disability application process.

The Application Process for Social Security Disability Insurance

As soon as you become disabled, you should apply for disability benefits. There are three ways that you can apply for these benefits:

1. Complete an online application. You can also check the status of your application online as well.

2. Call the Social Security benefits number: 1-800-772-1213.

3. Visit your local social security office. You should make an appointment ahead of time to apply in person.

4. Contact a social security benefits attorney for assistance with filing.

Fetterman & Associates, PA can also assist you with the application process. Disability benefits will generally take between three to five months to administer. You can shorten this process by providing specific and accurate personal and medical information.

  • Medical information, including current medications and information about the hospitals and doctors that you visit
  • Available medical records and test results
  • Previous employment information, including what type of work that you did
  • Tax returns or W-2 forms
  • Proof of marriage and proof of age for family members who also may be entitled to benefits

Even if you do not have all of this information, you should still get your application started as soon as possible. West Palm Beach Social Security Disability Lawyer at Fetterman & Associates, PA can help you gather the required documents.

Contact Fetterman & Associates Today!

We have been working with the Social Security Disability program for years, so we know the ins and outs of the application process. If you would like assistance with your application, have been rejected for disability insurance, or just have some general questions, we are here for you. Don’t wait. Call 561-845-2510 today!

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