Feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of filing a Social Security disability claim in Utah? You certainly aren’t alone – many people find the process of applying for benefits to be complicated and confusing.
An experienced disability lawyer or advocate is your best source for information, and most offer free consultations. In the meantime, however, you may find answers to some of your questions in this guide from the professional team at Mountain West Disability.
Who is Eligible to Receive Disability Benefits?
To qualify for benefits, you must be disabled, with an injury, illness or impairment that prevents you from working or, as the Social Security Administration (SSA) says, renders you incapable of substantial gainful activity. In addition, the condition must have lasted or be expected to last for at least 12 months.
When Should You File a Disability Claim?
If your condition affects your ability to earn an income, you can file a Social Security disability claim immediately. Processing your application could take quite some time, and to minimize the waiting, it’s best to file a claim as soon as possible.
Should You Apply for SSI or SSDI?
You may be approved for benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – or both. Separate applications aren’t necessary, as SSA will consider your eligibility for both programs when evaluating your claim.
What’s the Best Way to Apply for Benefits?
Disabled individuals can file disability claims at the SSA website, over the phone with an SSA representative or at one of the five field offices in Utah. However, working with an experienced disability lawyer or advocate can be both easier and less stressful – plus, having expert help increases the odds of approval.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Decision?
There’s no easy answer to this question, as some disability claims are processed and approved within a few months, while others can take years to make their way through the system. But, if you have a severe condition with a clear diagnosis, a disability lawyer or advocate may be able to help you get an expedited decision.
What if Your Disability Application is Denied?
If you receive notice that your disability claim has been denied, you’re free to appeal the decision. And if your initial request for reconsideration is rejected, you can ask for an appeal hearing before an administrative law judge. If that isn’t successful, you can request a review from the Appeals Council and, if necessary take your case to federal court.
Do you have other questions about Social Security disability claims? In Utah, the professionals at Mountain West Disability are ready to provide answers – and our team of experienced disability lawyers can guide you through the claims process.
With Mountain West on your side, you stand a strong chance of being awarded benefits. And, we’ll only charge a fee if your Social Security disability claim is approved. For a free consultation, contact our office in Murray, Utah, today.