Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WHEN TRYING TO GET DISABILITY BENEFITS?

  1. Not following through with request from SSA office or State office working your claim.
  2. Not attending a consultative examination schedule for your benefit.
  3. Moving and leaving no forwarding address.
  4. Seeing a Doctor or being Hospitalized after claim has been filed without anyone’s knowledge 
  5. No contact person identified with a phone number.
  6. Not adequately completing forms. 
  7. Not relating to their Doctor of the side effects of medications causing symptoms of (dizziness, blackout spells, concentrations problems, headaches).  Also, how pain effects their ability walk/stand, lift/carry or grasp and handle and manipulate objects.  Your Doctor should document this in his progress notes as to reasons for visit and your complaints for that visit. 

How can I tell if I am disabled enough to apply for social security disability benefits?

You have the right to file for disability no matter whether the disability is real or perceived to be real at any time.

How do I apply for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

You make an appointment with your local Social Security Office.  Make sure to bring in all the documents outlined on the SSA Web site (Starter Kit for Adults) and if a child is involved, starter kit for child.  Our program expert staff stands ready to assist in the application process. 

Do you have any advice about applying for disability benefits?

Yes, you must have a Medical Determinable Impairment (MDI) that has lasted or will last for 12 consecutive months or end in death.  Your impairment(s) must be severe enough that it prevents you from working or engaging in substantial gainful activity for 12 consecutive months.  Majority of cases are determined based on how the impairment(s) limits or restricts your ability to perform or complete work related tasks.  Therefore, it would be helpful to keep notes of what task you are performing and how your impairment and /or side effects of medication interferes with your ability perform and complete the work related tasks.   E.g.  Because of the pain from my hip replacement I am unable to stand continuously during an 8 hour day without taking frequent rest breaks, I am a unable to concentrate on the task because of my pain and medication side effects.   Or, because of my impairment(s), I must take frequent bathroom breaks.

What happens if I am denied benefits and I do not appeal within 60 days?

If you do not appeal within 60 days from the date of the denial notice, you must re-file a new claim.  Our program experts can advise you on your next options.

When is the best time for a lawyer to get involved in my case?

The lawyer should be appraised at each level of appeal, but most certainly at the Hearing level.  Our expert program consultants are ready to assist at every level.

Larry Angelo

Program Consultant

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