Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability

How do I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

There are three ways you can apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits:

  • Apply online - Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability. There, you can review the Adult Disability Checklist, complete a Disability Benefit Application, fill out the Adult Disability Report, and get the Authorization to Disclose Information Form.
  • File over the phone - Call the Social Security Administration's (SSA) toll-free number, (800) 772-1213. You can either make an appointment to file a claim at your local Social Security office or you can file over the phone. Deaf or hard-of-hearing applicants may call the SSA's TTY number, (800) 325-0778.
  • Apply in-person at your local SSA Office - You can find your local office by using the Social Security Office Locator. If you choose to file for benefits at your local office, you may want to schedule an appointment to reduce your wait time.

When you apply for benefits, it's imperative to provide the SSA with thorough documentation of your impairment and work experience. Without proper documentation, your application will be denied.

What is Social Security Disability?

SSD is a federal insurance program that is funded by payroll-or Social Security-taxes. These benefits are available to injured workers who are disabled and can no longer work because they have impairments that are expected to last for at least one year or result in death. If you are a disabled worker who has earned enough work credits, you may qualify for benefits.

What should I do if I was denied Social Security Disability benefits?

If you're denied SSD benefits, you have the right to appeal the SSA's decision on your application. It's important to remember that a large percentage of claims that are initially denied get approved on appeal. If your application was denied, you should file an appeal as soon as possible, as it can take months, or even years, for the SSA to process your appeal. To make sure you appeal is done quickly and correctly, get the help of our Connecticut Social Security Disability lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers.

How do I appeal the Social Security Administration's decision?

In most cases, after you receive the notice of denial, you have only 60 days to file an appeal with the SSA.

There are four levels in the appeals process, which follow this order:

  • Reconsideration
  • ALJ Hearing
  • Appeals Council
  • Federal Court Review

Your appeal will pass through these four levels until your appeal is approved or denied. If you claim is denied, you have the option to file a new application with new material evidence.

Am I eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

SSD benefits are available to injured workers who can no longer work due to a disability. When the SSA evaluates your application for Social Security Disability benefits, it will use a five-step process to determine if you are eligible by asking:

  • Are you working?
  • Is your condition "severe?"
  • Is your condition found on the list of disabling conditions?
  • Can you do the work you did before?
  • Can you do any other type of work?

If you have more SSD-related questions, get in touch with us today.