What is a Social Security Disability Claim?
A claim is the application that an individual files to receive Social Security Disability benefits. The claim can involve filling out several complex forms, as well as providing proof of a physical or mental disability and inability to work.
Disability payments are awarded only to people who claim that they will never be able to work again, have a shortened life expectancy due to a disability or are unable to work for at least twelve months.
Individuals are encouraged to file their claims on the day they become aware of their inability to work due to a new mental or physical impairment.
Individuals who are born with a significant challenge to their mental or physical health are also able to file a disability benefits claim if they can prove that they will never be able to find work and support themselves on their own.
How Long Does it Take to file Claim?
The claims process can range from several months to several years and may require formal adjudication by a federal judge or at the very least the intervention of legal counsel. If your claim is denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you can appeal the denial or re-file an initial claim.
Individuals can also file a claim concurrently for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which differs from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and may be awarded more quickly.
Those who choose to file claims should be prepared for long wait times and complex instructions. In addition, they should consider using external help if they are mentally or physically impaired in order to expedite the claims process.
Work with a Social Security Attorney
A way to ease a lot of the stress that comes with filing a claim for Social Security disability benefits is by working with Social Security lawyer. There is no upfront charge, because Social Security attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means they only get paid if you win your case.
An attorney will be able to make sure all of your paperwork is order and make sure you have all of your up to date medical records in order to give you the best chance of winning your case.