An experienced Worcester/Boston Social Security disability lawyer explains the Social Security disability claim process

Dealing with the Social Security Administration can overwhelm people who are not familiar with it. The disability claim process might seem simple at first because it is relatively easy to complete and file the application. However, trying to prove that your disability qualifies you for disability benefits becomes complicated because of the huge amount of regulations that apply to Social Security disability claims.

The size of the Social Security Administration makes it an awkward bureaucracy

The Social Security Administration is a large organization, covering many programs. Even the section that deals with disability claims, the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), is large enough to be difficult to administer, with approximately 150 hearing offices scattered around the country.

The awkwardness of a large bureaucracy increases when you consider that the Social Security Administration does not handle the initial determination on disability claims. Instead, it contracts that task out to local state agencies, and those agencies have thousands of employees whose job it is to administer the regulations of the Social Security Administration.

As with any program this large, the result is a massive amount of regulations that are often difficult to apply in specific situations.

Filing for Social Security disability benefits and SSI benefits

I can help you file your application for Social Security disability benefits and SSI . I have dedicated my legal practice for over 20 years to helping people with disabilities get Social Security disability and SSI benefits. I will meet with you to personally discuss your claim and guide you through the claims process. My staff is bilingual in English and Spanish. My staff and I will provide you with quality, compassionate and caring representation, by giving you dignity and respect while fighting for the disability benefits you deserve.

To fill out the application you will need this information:

  • A list of the jobs you have had in the 15 years before you became unable to work, Also, for each job, you need the dates and hours you worked, and the rate of pay.
  • Contact information for your doctors and hospitals. Also, the dates you were seen, the reason for the visit, and treatment you received.
  • A list of your medications. Also, who prescribed the medications, why they prescribed them, and what the side effects are.
  • What medical tests you have undergone, including where and when you had them, and what doctor sent you.

The difference between the initial determination on a disability application, reconsideration and a hearing

The Social Security Administration gives your application material to a local state agency for an initial determination and reconsideration. That agency gives the material to a claims examiner and that person makes a decision based only on the written application and the medical records that are submitted. The claims examiner does not talk to you and does not obtain any evidence beyond the written file.

Most of the time, claims examiners deny disability applications.

If you pursue your claim, you eventually appeal to an Administrative Law Judge, and this person holds an appeals hearing. This process is much different than the way the local agency made the initial determination.

At the appeal hearing, the Administrative Law Judge meets with you and your lawyer to hear what you and your witnesses say about your disability and how it prevents you from working. Need legal help from a quality Livonia disability lawyer? Contact JB Bieske today.

Preparing for a Social Security disability appeal hearing

Even if you dealt with your claim on your own up to this point, when you get to an appeal hearing you will probably want a Social Security disability lawyer helping you.

This disability lawyer will review your Social Security Administration file and make sure that all the needed information is available to the judge. The lawyer will also work with you to decide what witnesses you might want to bring to the hearing to explain your situation to the judge.

Part of the evidence to the judge will be your testimony. You may be nervous about the idea of talking to a judge, but the most important things are to be honest, respectful, and thorough. You do not want to exaggerate, but you also do not want to leave anything out. Need legal help from a quality Pensacola military family attorney? Contact Steven Bowden today.

A Social Security disability lawyer can help you through this time

You want to present your case in the best possible way when you meet with the Administrative Law Judge at your Social Security disability appeal hearing. The best way to do this is to have the help and guidance of an experienced Social Security disability lawyer.

If you are not already represented by a Social Security disability lawyer, consider asking for my evaluation of your claim. Give me a brief description of your claim using the form on this page, or you may contact me.