First Time Social Security Disability Applicants

Applying for Disability Benefits? Let us Help

If you’re hurting, if you cannot work because of a medical condition and are thus considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, the process can seem overwhelming. You may not know where to begin and how to start.

Moreover, the denial rate for initial application is very high: Approximately 65 percent of applicants are denied. At the reconsideration level it’s even worse, with more than 91 percent of applications denied. Read more…

Application mistakes can derail your case.

The Law Offices of Neil H. Good can help you through this complicated process.

The application phase in the Social Security Disability process of obtaining benefits can be the most important phase. If done wrong, early mistakes can completely stop an individual from ever receiving the disability benefits they deserve. The critical areas where claimants make mistakes are how they apply, how they answer the initial questionnaires and how they treat the people at the Social Security Administration.

There are at least four ways to apply for social Security benefits:

• In writing

• By phone

• Online

• In person

One of our main focuses early in the case is to determine what would be the best way for an individual to apply. Each of these four forms of applying has advantages and disadvantages. One of the reasons we want to meet with our clients face to face is that we want to determine which method of applying is the best for their particular disabilities and situations.

After a claimant files an application he or she typically receives at least two questionnaires. One is called a work history questionnaire. It’s very important to fill out this questionnaire with the exact information the Social Security Administration is looking for. Filling this questionnaire out wrong could eventually cause a claimant to lose the case. You should realize the Social Security Administration already has your work history from your tax information. This is form 3369 – Work History Report. The other form that is very important and somewhat tricky to fill correctly is the Function Report – Adult – form 3373. We assist our clients in filling this form out correctly.

There are many people employed at the Social Security Administration. Some are nice, professional and trying to help you get your claim approved. There are others who are not so nice, not so professional and not really trying to help you get your claim approved. We try and relieve this burden from our clients by handling as many of the calls from the Social Security Administration as possible. We understand that this is very stressful and we try help as much as possible.

We accept cases before people apply for their Social Security benefits. In fact, we urge clients to contact us before taking that initial step. This is because we can be effective at winning cases early if the proper information is provided to the Social Security Administration.

Call our office today for a free case evaluation. Remember, there’s no fee until you win.

It’s a complicated, time-consuming process. Our staff takes great care to offer the advice you need to understand that process, how to properly apply and what you can expect from the SSD program.

Call before you apply! Remember, there is no fee until you win.

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