If you wish to apply for social security disability benefits, the first step is to find out whether or not you qualify at all.
According to the Social Security Administration, a person falls under the category of disabled if they have a “severe medically determinable impairment (which may be mental, physical, or both) which must last for one full year or longer.”
Furthermore, this condition must also be severe to the point that it affects normal daily activities and has a negative effect on an individual’s ability to perform work activities.
If you feel that your condition could enable you to qualify for disability, the first step you should take is to apply online.
Once you do this, you may then call or visit your local Social Security office. When applying for disability, there are various pieces of information you should have ready to report, including the following:
- Social security and proof of age
- Names, address and phone numbers of doctors, hospitals, etc. that took care of you and the dates of your visits
- Names and dosages of current medications
- Medical records
- Lab and test results
- Summary of work experience
- Most recent W-2 form or federal tax return if self-employed
Once you have applied for Social Security disability, a decision should be made within 90-120 days.
This time period can change in certain circumstances. These circumstances include recent heart or eye surgeries or strokes (which cause a case to be deferred for three months), or if an individual fails to appear at their consultative medical examination. In Texas, approximately 67 percent of applicants are denied, so you should be prepared to file an appeal if need be.
If you feel that you are eligible for disability, take action. Contacting a Social Security disability attorney is an important step in achieving your goal. Contact the Law Offices of Bemis, Roach, & Reed today.
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