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How do I begin the process of applying for Social Security Disability?

To start the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you must complete and submit a Social Security Benefit Application, Adult Disability Report, and an Authorization to Disclose Medical Records to the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Benefit Application is the application submitting your claim, the Adult Disability Report requests information related to your disability, and the Authorization to Disclose Medical Records authorizes the Social Security Administration to obtain copies of your medical records from your healthcare providers.

You may complete the application and related forms online at www.SocialSecurity.gov or in person by calling the Social Security Administration office at 1-800-772-1213 and scheduling an appointment.

In order to avoid delay in processing your disability application, we recommend that you compile the following information and documents before you begin the application process, regardless of whether you are applying online or in person:

  1. The name, address, and phone number of each doctor or facility where you have received medical treatment, together with the dates of treatment and your patient ID number;
  2. A copy of all medical records related to your injury or illness, including all lab reports and test results;
  3. A list of all medications that you have been prescribed for your injury or illness and the medical provider who prescribed said medication;
  4. Information regarding your work history, specifically up to five jobs that you have held in the last 15 years, including the name, address, and phone number of the employer, the position you held, dates of employment, and rate of pay;
  5. Your last W–2 wage statement (or last year’s tax return if self-employed) and any records showing current year-to-date earnings;
  6. Your Social Security number;
  7. The Social Security numbers of your children and spouse;
  8. Military discharge papers, if you have been in the military; and
  9. Your checking or savings account number and bank routing number (for direct deposit of your benefits).

Visit our Social Security Disability Self Help page for further information.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY QUESTIONS

Q. When can I expect a hearing on my claim?

Due to the large number of appeals in Social Security cases, it is often many months before each level of an appeal is decided. You are generally given several months notice prior to a hearing before an ALJ and you will be expected to attend that hearing unless you have an extraordinary reason why you cannot attend. The exact number of months between appeals varies from time to time and there is little that can be done by you or your lawyer to speed up the process in light of the huge backlog of cases waiting for a hearing. Once a hearing is held, the ALJ should render a favorable or unfavorable decision within ninety (90) days of the hearing.

Q. Do I have any chance of winning a SS disability case when I am a young person?

A. Yes. While age is an extremely important consideration in deciding disability cases, the SS office will also look at education, job experience, and vocational possibilities in a national job market. Naturally, the younger claimants are considered employable for more types of jobs requiring retraining, classes, relocation, and other adjustments than older claimants. Don’t give up if you feel your mental and/or physical disability keeps you from working at “substantial gainful activity” for a period of twelve (12) months or more.

Q. What happens if I try to work when I am receiving Social Security benefits?

A. Social Security law requires that you report any income or benefits while you are receiving checks. You cannot work and be disabled at the same time. However, Social Security law permits you to make some efforts to work without jeopardizing your eligibility. If you fail to report any earnings made while trying to work, your Social Security check could be terminated. The law on making work attempts is complicated and changes on a regular basis. You should consult a qualified lawyer before deciding how you approach this issue.

Q. What is the difference between SS and SSI?

Both SS and SSI benefits have the same requirements for disability--the inability to work at a suitable job for a continuous period of twelve (12) months or more. SS benefits (also called Title II) are based on the amount of SS taxes you have paid in the system for the ten (10) year period before you became disabled. SS benefits are generally higher than SSI benefits. Dependents of SS recipients may also be entitled to benefits. You should report any dependants to SSA even if they do not live with you. SSI benefits (also called Title XVI) are based on a financial need. You may be eligible for SSI benefits even if you have never worked or paid SS taxes in your life. Generally SSA...

Q. What if I am getting Workers' Compensation benefits?

SS law requires that all other benefits you receive be accounted for. This accounting normally means that SS benefits are offset or reduced by the other benefits you receive. While Federal law requires you to report all payments you receive, the offset can often be lessened or eliminated with very careful planning and legal wording in your Workers' Compensation settlement. You should consult your lawyer for proper wording.

Q. How much will a lawyer cost me?

The ALJ must approve any fee charged by a lawyer. Lawyers will take Social Security cases on a contingency or percentage (%) basis. The standard percentage is twenty-five percent (25%) of any past-due benefits you might be entitled to. If your claim is rejected by the ALJ, you will not owe any money for attorney fees. Although if you lose, you are still obligated to pay any "out of pocket" expenses such as costs to obtain medical reports, copies, long distance phone calls and other related calls. No fees will be charged on future benefit payments.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY VIDEOS

Our Video Library is not closed-captioned.  Instead of embedding our videos, we have created posts for them, where full transcripts of can be found. Click on the links below to view the video and its transcript.

Social Security Detail

Social Security – Detail

Social Security part 4

Social Security Part 4

Social Security part 3

Social Security Part 3

Social Security part 2

Social Security Part 2

Social Security part 1

Social Security Part 1

Rules Regarding Social Security Disability and Your Employment

Rules Regarding Social Security Disability and Your Employment

Social Security Hearing Timeframe

Resolution of Social Security Disability Cases: A Timeframe Overview

Contemporaneous Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Claims

Contemporaneous Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Benefit

Working While on Social Security

Social Security Disability and Your Employment

Appealing Social Security Denials

Appealing the Denial of Your Social Security Disability Claim

Work History Requirements

Work History Requirements for Social Security Disability

Drug and Alcohol Dependency and Social Security Disability

Drug and Alcohol Dependency and Social Security Disability

Child Eligibility for Social Security

Child Eligibility for Social Security Benefits and Social Security Insurance

The Administrative Law Judge’s Role in Social Security Disability

The Administrative Law Judge’s Role in the Social Security Appellate Hearing

Compassionate North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyer

David Gantt describes his History in Helping People with Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Cases

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May 7, 2019

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April 10, 2019

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2019 Google Review

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2019 Google Review

March 9, 2019

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2019 Google Review

February 10, 2019

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2019 Google Review

February 10, 2019

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January 21, 2019

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