When applying for Social Security disability benefits, the process may be different for people experiencing one condition than it is for someone experiencing a different condition. This is because some conditions may automatically qualify for benefits while others require extensive medical documentation and proof.
No matter what disabling condition you are experiencing, you will still need to provide evidence that you medically qualify. If do not, your claim will likely be denied.
The Application Process
The first step of the application process, no matter what condition you are applying with, is the initial application. During the initial application, you will have to demonstrate you meet a Blue Book listing by providing medical evidence. About 30% of applicants are approved during the initial application.
If you are denied benefits, you can move on to the next step of the application process, which is filing an appeal for reconsideration. Your claim will be reevaluated and you can submit new evidence. You may want to include a Residual Functional Capacity form filled out by a doctor to show you cannot work.
If you are denied after the reconsideration stage, you'll move onto having a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. If you are denied by the judge, you can file an appeal with the Appeals Council.
Help With the Disability Benefits Application Process
While going through the disability benefits application process, you may want to get help with your claim. Complete the Free Case Evaluation on this page to get connected with a disability lawyer that takes cases in your area. A lawyer will be able to help you navigate the application process for the disabling condition you are experiencing.
For more information on the Social Security application process for a specific qualifying condition, see below: