When you are initially filing for disability benefits, a small mistake on your application can mean additional months of waiting to get back a decision. To ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible please follow the following guidelines.
First, Apply Online
If you are applying without going through a disability lawyer, the best way to do it is online. Not only will this save you time filling out the actual application, but it will ensure it gets in line to be processed as quickly as possible. Often mail is delayed getting to Social Security and is even further delayed going through their mail room. An added bonus to doing it online is that you are guaranteeing your application will be clean and easy to read which may save some potential problems down the road.
Second, Double Check Your Work
Before submitting anything make sure you double check the application. What may seem like a small error to you could cause months in delay on your decision.
Third, Call in Any Mistakes
If you do realize you made a mistake and have already submitted your application do not wait to get your application returned to you. Instead, call your local Social Security office. You can find the phone number for your local Social Security office here. Let the operator know you had made a mistake on your application and would like to fix it, they will transfer you to the correct person handling your claim. This can save you months in getting your decision.
Fourth, Call a Disability Attorney
Because small errors can mean months added onto your waiting time we always recommend hiring a disability attorney from the beginning. Most cases that are approved are approved at the hearing level when you will appear before a judge. While all judges prefer you have a disability lawyer present some will insist you do. Regardless of when you hire your disability attorney the fee will be the same. Social Security’s fee for attorneys is 25% of back benefits up to $6,000.00. If the disability attorney was only present at the hearing and didn’t do anything with the initial application it will be the same fee as if he had them from the start.
If you need to file for Social Security Disability Benefits or if you have been denied on your application give our office a call today. We can pick it up regardless of what stage you are in the process.