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Applying for Social Security Disability

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a frustrating process for many. The Social Security Administration is a complex system, and navigating the ins and outs can be a challenge if you don't have extensive experience.

The most effective way to make sure that your claim is approved is to have a Social Security Disability lawyer advise and represent you. We can help with all aspects of your application, including:

  • A free evaluation of your case to make sure you qualify for disability benefits
  • Gathering documentation from your employer and your doctor
  • Making sure that your doctor describes your case in a way that the Social Security Administration understands
  • Helping you fill out the application

Mistakes to Avoid

Many applications are denied because of small mistakes. Here are five of the most common mistakes you should avoid when filling out your social security disability application: 

  • Waiting too long to file - Delays lessen your chances of being approved (If you took this long to apply, you must not be truly disabled).
  • Failing to consult an attorney - The SSA rejects most initial applications. Most of these applications will be accepted later if they represented by an attorney.
  • Application Errors - Carefully filling out your application to include your recent work history, salary information, etc. Small errors can lead to a rejection.
  • Insufficient Proof - Make sure you attend all of your doctor's appointments and keep a record of each one. Keep track of your expenses related to your disability. These help prove your claim.
  • Starting Over - You should always appeal a rejected application. Starting over will only delay the process.

Common Questions About Social Security Disability

What medical conditions qualify me for Social Security Disability?

There are a wide range of chronic conditions that may qualify you to receive Social Security Disability benefits. These include but are not limited to: 

  • Chronic muscle, bone, or joint problems
  • Sensory loss or impairment
  • Mental disorders
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases, disorders, or deficiencies
  • Chronic respiratory illness
  • Some types of heart disease
  • Blood disorders

The list is different for adults and children, so it's best to discuss your application with a Social Security lawyer.

What happens if I submit my application without the help of a Social Security lawyer?

Many people seek out the help of a Social Security lawyer when their Social Security Disability application has been denied. Social Security lawyers know the system and what it takes to get your application approved. They act as your advocate throughout the entire application and, if necessary, the appeals process, to help you get the benefits you deserve.


Do you need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits? We can help.

Thomas J. Atwood has over 32 years experience Social Security Disability law. Ask us anything here or better yet schedule a free consultation!