You may have heard horror stories about applying for Social Security Disability benefits. You may have heard it takes you years to get approved if you even can get approved at all. Right now it is taking between 6 and 24 months to be approved for disability benefits. To begin this process you must submit your initial disability application.
File Your Application Online or In Person
We always recommend filing your application either online or in person. Not only is this the quickest way to get your application submitted, but the safest. Social Security receives hundreds if not thousands of pieces of mail a day. If you mail in paper applications there is always the chance that your application will go astray or get lost in Social Security’s mail room. You do not want this to happen to your application. Here is a list of all the information you will need to file your initial disability application.
How to File For Disability Online
Filing for disability online is a great option if you have access to a computer. You can access the electronic application here. When you are filling out your application online take your time to ensure everything is submitted correctly. Any errors or inconsistencies can delay your decision by several months. When you are listing your doctors, medications, and work history be as thorough as you can/ The more information Social Security has, the more likely you are to be approved.
How to File For Disability In Person
If you do not have access to a computer or don’t feel confident with your online application, you can also file in person. To file in person go to your local Social Security office. Click here for an Social Security office locator tool to find the closest office to you. You may want to call ahead to make an appointment beforehand as often Social Security’s offices are quite busy.
Work With Social Security to Get Your Medical Records
After you have filed for disability, Social Security will begin constructing a file on you. To determine if you are medically disabled they will request copies of your medical records from the time you became disabled to the present. Medical records are the number one piece of evidence needed to determine if you are disabled. Social Security will request records from the doctors you told them you had been to with your initial application. Unfortunately because of the large number of applications Social Security receives every day these requests are not followed up on as they should. We recommend if you can to gather your medical records yourself and submit them to Social Security.
Hire Utah Social Security Attorney
Having an experienced disability attorney can make the difference between winning and losing benefits. They will ensure your application is filed correctly. They will also ensure that Social Security has everything they need to approve you for benefits. If your claim needs to go in front of a judge your attorney will represent you at your hearing. There is $0 up front and we will only accept a fee if we are able to get you benefits. Call today for your free consultation.