Each year in the United States millions of Americans receive some form of Social Securitydisability benefits. Approximately 17.5% of adults suffer from functional limitations that make it difficult to perform daily tasks.
Disabling conditions are relatively common among adults, but obtaining Social Securitydisability benefits can be difficult due to the complex process. It can take months even years before your SSD claim gets approved or even denied. That is why it is critical to have a team of experienced SSD lawyers on your side to help you get through the process and help your claim be approved faster.
Your work and medical history are extremely important when filing for SSD benefits. Make sure to keep a detailed record of all medical conditions, doctor visits, and medical records; this is critical. At Caddell Reynolds, your case will be handled by an experienced Arkansas Social Security Disability attorney who will make sure your files are up to date and filed properly.
If your disability prevents you from working and earning an income and you’ve worked enough “quarters” (and earned enough of an income) to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits, you may also qualify for Social Security Disability.
You can apply online for Social Security Disability on the Social Security Administration’s website. To begin, you will need to print out the Adult Disability Checklist that provides a list of information necessary to complete your SSD application. In addition to citizenship and birth information, you will need proof of the following:
This is just a partial list of items needed to complete a Social Security Disability application, but should give you an idea of all the records you need to gather to get the process moving forward.
Social Security Disability applications submitted by experienced attorneys have a greater chance of being approved the first time than applications submitted by individuals seeking benefits. When Social Security representatives encounter applicants represented by legal counsel, they are well aware these applications are correctly filled out with all the documentation included. In other words, Social Security representatives know that denying such claims will produce an immediate appeal by the applicant’s attorney.
Social Security Disability appeal can be complicated and confusing as you potentially face four different levels of appeal. In addition to the Social Security Administration reviewers and their attorneys, you are also responsible for filing the complaint in the appropriate Federal District Court in your area. You must also present an opening brief, a reply brief and ensure that required legal documents are received on time. Finally, if you do pursue your Social Security Disability appeal without legal counsel, you risk having your appeal dismissed if federal court rules are not explicitly followed. This is one of many reasons why it is essential that you are represented by a Social Security Disability attorney with Caddell Reynolds who is experienced with writing Social Security Disability appeal briefs at the Federal District Court level.
IF YOU ARE PREPARING TO FILE A SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY APPLICATION OR IF YOU HAVE BEEN DENIED, CONTACT A SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ATTORNEY AT CADDELL REYNOLDS AT 800-671-4100 FOR A FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION.