Social Security Disability FAQ

Social Security Disability FAQ

  1. How do I apply for Social Security Disability (SSD)?
  2. There are three ways you can apply for SSD benefits:

    1. Online
    2. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability. Review the Adult Disability Checklist, complete a Disability Benefit Application, complete the Adult Disability Report, and print and sign the Authorization to Disclose Information Form.

    3. Over the Phone
    4. Call the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) toll-free number at (800) 772-1213. Make an appointment to file a claim at your local Social Security office or file over the phone. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call the SSA’s TTY number at (800) 325-0778.

    5. At Your Local SSA Office
    6. Find your local office by using the Social Security Office Locator. If you choose to file for benefits at your local office, scheduling an appointment ahead of time may reduce your wait time.

    The Appleton Social Security Disability Lawyers at Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Hodgkiss can help you prepare your claim for SSD benefits. Call us today (800) 775-1441.

  3. What are the Social Security Disability qualifications?
  4. You may qualify for SSD benefits if you have a medical condition that's expected to last at least one year or result in death.

    Generally, if you can meet the SSA’s requirements for these two earnings tests, you may qualify for benefits:

    1. Recent Work Test
    2. The “recent work” test considers your age at the time you became disabled.

    3. Duration of Work Test
    4. The “duration of work” test determines if you have worked long enough while paying Social Security taxes.

    In addition to passing the work tests, you also must prove that your medical condition is disabling. The SSA considers a number of different impairments disabling.

  5. What is Social Security Disability?
  6. SSD is a benefits program funded by Social Security taxes that provides workers with monetary benefits to supplement their incomes when they are unable to return to work due to disabilities.

    The Appleton Social Security Lawyers at Sigman Janssen can help you get the SSD benefits you need to take care of your family. Complete a free initial consultation form today.

  7. How do I file for Social Security Disability?
  8. When you’re filing for SSD, it’s important that you have complete and thorough documentation of your impairment and your work history. In your initial application, you will be asked to provide the following information:

    • your Social Security number;
    • your birth or baptismal certificate;
    • names, addresses, and phone numbers of the doctors, caseworkers, hospitals, and clinics where you’ve been treated and the dates of your visits;
    • names and dosage of all the medicine you take;
    • medical records from your doctors, therapists, hospitals, clinics, and caseworkers that you already have in your possession;
    • laboratory and test results;
    • a summary of where you worked and the kind of work you did;
    • a copy of your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) or, if you're self-employed, your federal tax return for the past year.

  9. How can a lawyer help with my appeal for SSD?
  10. A Social Security lawyer at Sigman Janssen can help you through every stage of your appeal. We have years of experience, and our legal team is familiar with the strict guidelines for approval and complex SSA regulations.

    We strive to get our clients the best results possible, while helping them understand the legal process.

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