How to file for Social Security Disability Benefits

HAVE AN ADVOCATE

An advocate is someone that helps you keep up with Appointments, Paperwork and will occasionally talk on your behalf. This can be your spouse, relative, friend, Lawyer or your local Social Services Dept. will find you one or lead you into the right direction. Make sure that this person is aware of yourall of of disability issues; medical history to remain consistent with paperwork or interviews. This person may also be used to receive your disability payments or disability ssi for you as your payee.

 

How begin your filing process

Visit your local SSI to apply.

Call 1-800-325-0778 for asistance

If you have trouble reading or writing or comprehension, you must have an adcovate. Check your county government offices to see if you qualify for transportation and other services.


YOUR DOCTOR/S ARE YOUR LINK FOR APPROVAL

When you apply for disability let your Doctor know immediately. It is wise to inform the Receptionist/Secretary as well.  SSA will send out forms, alot of them, to them.  They need to be filled out as soon as possible and returned.  Ask for all copies after they have been filled out by your Dr.  It is your records you are entitled to it.  Keep these records in a safe place together and intact, you made need an advocate to help you with this. 

Your Dr.'s will rec. many forms to fill out and one form in particular is VERY important.  It is the form where your Dr. states the prognosis for your illness.  In order to increase your chances entirely he must state that your illness is MARKED.  This basically means that it is not curable, it may progress to other illnessess, in a nutshell it means you will die before the illness goes away. Even if you lived to be 100 years old.

BE VERY CONSISTENT AND FOLLOW THRU

 When your claim is being reviewed, the ONLY information they have to go on is what they have received.  If you have copies of all your medical records,  mail them to the SSA office reviewing your case.  Unless you have a chronic illness or your lifespan prognosis is short, you probably will be denied your first time. 

OfCourse you will appeal that.  When you do appeal the decision you will then get to sit in front of a judge while your case is being presented.  At this time you or your advocate will have a chance to speak.  Make sure you have copies of everything.  Have your family and friends write letters on your behalf, it may just be throw in a folder but the Judge will review everything.  So it is very important that you keep all proper paperwork

BY LAW, WHEN YOUR CASE IS BEING APPEALED THEY HAVE TO NOTIFY YOU 75 DAYS INADVANCE OF YOUR HEARING AND LOCATION.  YOU HAVE UNTIL 5 DAYS BEFORE THE HEARING TO HAVE ALL PAPERWORK IN FOR THE JUDGE TO REVIEW. MAKE COPIES OF EVERYTHING.

QUALIFYING DISABILITIES

Below is a list of diseases/illness/conditions that meet the general statue of "Disabled"

If your disability issue is not listed here, it doesn't mean you are not eligible, it may fall under or have the same restrictions as the ones below. Either way you will need disability help.

Amputation

Anxiety

Arthritis

Back injuries

Back Pain

Bipolar Disorder

Brain injury

Brain Tumors

Cancer

Cerebral Palsey

Fibromyalgia

depression

Diabetes

Liver Disease

Chronic Colitis

Hemorrhaging

Down Syndrome

Heart Problems

Hepatitis

Herniated Disks

Kidney Transplant

Loss of Speech

Lupus

Mental Helath Disabilities

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Narcolepsy

Schizophrenia

Hiv

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Comments 11 comments

Susi 3 years ago

Now don't struggle with your mind for the reanoss like anger, lack of confidence and concentration. For all these you just have to balance your chakras. By this you can get back your confidence. Just try at your own.


DePuy Pinnacle Recall 5 years ago

When filing for disability, it is indeed important to give them as much detail as you can give. It may take a little time, but when processed correctly, your disability claim will be approved.


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Aquatic Guru 6 years ago from Goodspring, Tennessee

It took me 3 years.Good info! Get copies of everything.


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fortunerep 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Allsup,

thanks for the inspiring comment, i hope it helps alot of people.

dori


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Allsup 6 years ago from Belleville, IL

Great job on providing important information about applying for Social Security disability. Applying for SSDI can be a confusing and rough time, and people need all the help and direction they can get. Working with an experienced SSDI representative can help tremendously and possibly even save you time getting through the SSDI process.


Kim Garcia 7 years ago

Very Informative!! Beneficial for many.


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

It souds like it should be, ask your doctor, if you can't sit or stand or work a job then you are eligible.

dori


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Thoughts Alive 7 years ago from Earth

Do you think Epilepsy would be an eligible disability? I also have a tumor like thing that is stuck on my brain (surgery needed, interact with seizures)...I believe that would be a helpful one.


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lafenty 7 years ago from California

The best advice that I can add to your hub is to be patient. I have been waiting over a year for a hearing. My lawyer says it generally takes up to 18 months and even then there is only a 60% chance of getting approved for disability. Good info, thanks.


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Thanks for the list of disabilities eligible under the plan. Quite helpful.


rct 7 years ago

Great information. This is just what I needed to help me out. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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