Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability (SSD) Applications
Applying for disability benefits is an intimidating process. The application is very detailed, and to make a strong case, you will need to provide documentation. It’s hard to get approved off the bat. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration, only 20% of initial applications are successful.
Below are answers to common questions about SSD applications. Please contact us at Shawn Taylor, PLLC, for answers to your questions. We are happy to help.
What information do I have to provide on the SSD application?
In addition to basic identifying information, you will have to provide detailed information about:
- Your employment and earnings history
- Your education and specialized training
- Your job duties, past and present, and their physical requirements
- Your medical history
- Your medical testing, diagnoses and treatment
- Your current impairments
There are many other components to the application, but these are the core parts.
What does it take to file a successful application?
Preparing a thorough and detailed application is essential for getting disability benefits. Gathering the right documentation – especially medical documentation – is very important. While there are no guarantees, you can increase your chances of a successful application by working with a lawyer.
Not many firms handle initial SSD applications. We do. Our firm can help you prepare a strong case from the outset, including gathering all the documentation you need to build a rock-solid case.
What if my application gets denied?
An initial denial doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. You will have an opportunity to appeal the denial. There are many steps in the appeals process, and it’s even more beneficial at this stage to have good legal representation. Our lawyer can prepare a strong appeal and represent you at the hearing.
Have More Questions? Get Answers.
The disability claims process is notoriously complicated, and it all starts with the initial application. Get your case off on the right foot by getting help and answers from our experienced attorney. Based in Charleston, we handle disability cases throughout West Virginia.