What You Can Expect When Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are unable to work for a period of 12 months, applying for Social Security disability benefits will help replace some of the income you would have been receiving from working. The application process can be lengthy so if you believe that your physical or mental condition will prevent you from working for 12 months you should apply immediately because the waiting period for approval—or denial—can last anywhere from three to five months. If your application is denied, it becomes an even longer process to appeal that decision.Our Omaha disability attorney can help!

You can apply for Social Security disability online, over the phone, or in person. We help many of our clients complete a benefits application in our Omaha office. There is no waiting for hours in the waiting room at the local Social Security offce.By having us help you with your application, instead of trying to do it yourself, you have some one with experience completing all the paperwork from the beginning.There are many required forms in the application process, including one that collects information about your medical condition and how it affects your ability to work. Other forms include your job history, descriptions of your daily activities and medical release forms that will give health care professionals who have treated you permission to send the Social Security Administration (SSA) your medical records and any other information they need regarding your case.

The SSA  requires you to provide the following information:

  • Social Security number
  • Names and contact information for any health care professionals that have taken care of you. Dates of your visits should also be included.
  • Any medicine you take, along with the prescribed dosage
  • Medical records that you already have in your possession
  • Any lab or test results
  • Past employment information, including summaries of where you worked and what you did there.

If one piece of your application is incorrect or missing, it could result in a frustrating denial. About two out of every three applicants receive denials the first time they apply for Social Security disability benefits. When you work with Cuddigan Law, there is no money upfront: We don’t collect any legal fees from you unless we can successfully obtain benefits for you, and the amount of fees we can collect is limited by federal law..

The best thing you can do for yourself is work with an experienced Social Security disability attorney  and require him/her to make sure your application is flawless. If you would like assistance in filing for Social Security disability benefits, contact the Omaha attorneys at Cuddigan Law by calling (402) 933-5405 ask for a free evaluation with an Omaha disability attorney Do you have additional questions about SSI or SSDI in Nebraska? Browse our website or request a copy of our free brochure, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case.

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Timothy J. Cuddigan
Omaha Social Security and Veterans Disability Lawyer With Over 40 Years Experience