Social Security Disability Claim Process
How Do I Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
To begin a Social Security Disability Claim, an individual must file an application with the Social Security Administration. Our staff will help in the preparation of that claim and explain the process in detail. It is important that the application is thoroughly completed with the appropriate information.
The application for Disability Benefits can also be applied for online
Social Security offers an online disability application you can complete at your convenience. Apply from the comfort of your home or any location at a time most convenient for you. You do not need to drive to your local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative.
The Initial Social Security Disability Claim Decision
The majority of social security disability claims are denied at the initial application level.
Request for Reconsideration
If Reconsideration is denied, an appeal must be filed within 60 days to request a hearing.
Hearing with a Judge
If an individual is denied, he or she is entitled to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. A hearing will then be scheduled before an Administrative Law Judge. It is very important during this appeal that the individual’s medical records be thoroughly compiled and organized. They should be presented to the Administrative Law Judge in a clear and concise way, highlighting the appropriate Social Security regulations.
The Administrative Law Judge will not announce a decision at the hearing, rather a written decision will be sent 4 weeks to 3 months after the hearing. If the decision is favorable, the claimant will normally begin receiving social security benefits after a short period. If the decision is not favorable, an appeal to the Appeals Council must be filed within sixty (60) days.
If an individual does not agree with the Unfavorable Decision made by the judge after the hearing, they can appeal the decision to the Appeals Council within 60 days.
Federal Court Review Process
If you disagree with the Appeals Council’s decision, or if the Appeals Council decides not to review your case, you can file a civil suit in a Federal district court. This is the last level of the appeals process.