The Application Process
If you have a medical condition acknowledged by the SSA that is expected to last at least 1 year or result in death, you are entitled to disability benefits. Note that the SSA only offers SSDI benefits to disabled individuals who have worked long enough and recently enough and who have paid their Social Security taxes on their earnings.
The following steps are a brief overview of the disability application process:
- Gather all the information and documents you need to include in your application.
- Complete and submit your application.
- The SSA will review your application to make sure you meet some basic requirements for disability benefits, such as whether you worked enough years.
- The SSA will evaluate any current work activities.
- The SSA will process your application and forward your case to the Disability Determination Services office.
- Your state agency will make the final disability determination decision.
Note that a critical step in obtaining benefits is completing the Adult Disability Report. These reports are rigorous and you may feel overwhelmed just by beginning the process, especially after a major injury. Our lawyers can help you gather all necessary documents and information for this step, including your:
- Social Security number
- Birth certificate
- Contact information for all medical providers
- Medical history and medical records
- Physical laboratory and test results for any injury
- A work summary and detailed resume
- A copy of your most recent W-2 Form
Our lawyers at Welt Law can help you with your application from start to finish. This is a stressful and complex process, but you do not have to handle it alone when you have us. Contact our Las Vegas office to schedule a free initial appointment to discuss your next steps today.