How to Apply
There are two reports that must be completed in order to apply for Social Security Disability benefits: the Benefits Application and the Disability Report. You can complete the reports yourself, in which case you need to call your local Social Security office to make an appointment to file your claim in person or over the phone, or you can submit your claim online. You can also choose to work with an attorney to apply for benefits.
If you choose to have a lawyer help you with the application process, contact us or call us at 1-(412) 661-1400. During the free consultation, we may collect some information that will help us file a successful claim for you.
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What You Need to Apply
•· Your Social Security Number
•· Names of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers where you have been treated in the past 10 years
•· Medications you are currently taking and who prescribed them
•· Your work history for the last 15 years
•· Copies of documents to verify this information, including medical records, birth certificates, and W-2s.
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Why It Is Important to Have to an Attorney
The application takes 1-2 hours to fill out as long as you have all of the paperwork ready. The benefits of having a knowledgeable attorney help to file your application become clear at this point. The attorneys and staff at Berger and Green have years of experience in preparing a strong application so that your odds of being approved are as high as possible. We can help you gather the appropriate paperwork, clarify confusing questions, and double check that all the required forms are submitted with your application.
Waiting For Your Decision
After the application is filed, Social Security will review your information to see if you are eligible based on some basic rules. If you are determined to be technically eligible, your application will be forwarded to your state’s Disability Determination Services office.
It is at this office that all of the facts of your case will be taken into consideration. Medical records from your doctors and hospitals will be ordered and examined. They will also ask your doctors for their opinion on your ability to work.
Social Security may ask you to visit another doctor to help independently verify some of the information about your ability to work. It is important to go to this appointment if it is requested.
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Once the Disability Determination Services office has gathered all of the information necessary or available, they will make a determination regarding your disability claim. They will send you a letter stating whether you have received a fully-favorable decision, partially-favorable decision, or a denial.
If you have been approved, the letter will tell you what benefits they have determined you to be eligible for, how much you will receive, and when you should expect to begin receiving it.
If you have been denied, the letter will tell you why you were denied and explain how to appeal the decision. If you have been denied, please don’t give up. Filing an appeal is important to protect the benefits you deserve.
If you have questions about your application, or even whether or not you are eligible, contact Berger and Green today for a free consultation. Our attorneys can help you through the entire Social Security Disability benefits process, and will discuss how best to move forward with your case.
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