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If you feel that you have a condition that is expected to last a year or result in death, it does not hurt to consider Social Security Disability benefits. Because it takes a considerable amount of time for consideration, one should apply as soon as possible.

This will ensure that you do not wait any longer than needed to receive your payments or file for an appeal. A Raleigh Social Security Disability attorney from our firm will guide you in the right direction in order for the process to run as smooth as possible.

Application Process Questions

When do I file?
It is not advised that a person file as soon as they realize they are disabled. This is due to the fact that a person must be disabled for at least 12 months. Applying too soon will make it difficult to prove a disability will last that long. It is best to file at the end of your 12-month period. It is going to take a number of months for your initial decision. If you are denied, it can take a year or more to go through the appeal process.

Where do I file?
To file for disability benefits through Social Security an application must be filled out. Along with this, you will be required to fill out an Adult Disability Report or one on behalf of a child in order to complete application. An application can be filled out online through the Social Security Administration’s website, in person at the Social Security office, or over the phone.

What information do I need?
When applying for Social Security benefits, you will be asked to give your medical and work history. Your medical history will include any doctors involved in your care, prescribing medications, or in any way are involved with your disabling condition. You will be required to sign a medical release that gives Social Security the right to speak with all your healthcare providers and obtain records.

Eligibility for Benefits

The SSA uses a five-step process in which they determine whether an individual is eligible for benefits. They will not only examine the work you did previously, but will evaluate your condition to determine if your injuries prevent you from continuing the same type of work.

If you are unable to return to work due to the condition, they will then evaluate your other skills and education to determine if there is any other type of work that you may be capable of completing.

The following is the five-step process in which the SSA uses to determine eligibility:

  • Are you working?
  • Is your condition considered “severe”?
  • Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
  • Are you able to do the work you did previously?
  • Is there any other type of work you can do?

The first three steps give an answer to the matter if you are working and bringing in a source of income at more than $1,000 per month. This is not considered to be disabled if you are.

However, if your condition is considered severe, it will likely match a disabling condition on the list and allow for benefits.

Applying for SSDI in Person

If you plan to apply in person, it is advised to keep your appointment even though you may not have all of your information. You will be assisted in gathering any remaining information that is needed. If asked, you will be required to attend a medical examination paid for by Social Security. It is important to keep these appointments in order to keep your claims process running smoothly. It also provides Social Security with any information that may otherwise be missing.