The Social Security Disability Claims Process

What to Do, What to Expect

Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Claims

Even though your disability may be obvious to everyone else, the Social Security Administration requires you to prove it.

At Robert Peirce & Associates, we have been proving disability claims to the Social Security Administration's satisfaction since the 1980s. In all, we have helped thousands of people in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. We have a deep understanding of the law, detailed knowledge of the bureaucracy, and a proven ability to help people navigate the claims process successfully.

Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers by calling us at 1-866-273-1941 or by contacting us online today.

The basic steps to take in your initial application for Social Security Disability and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits are as follows:

1. Initial contact. Call the SSA field office nearest you or go there in person and state that you would like to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, SSI benefits, or both. You can also call the administration toll free at 1-866-273-1941, or visit the official SSA Web site to start the process.

2. Getting started on the paperwork. If you do not have an attorney representing you, completing the required paperwork can be a daunting task. However, it is important to get started as soon as possible.

3. The disability claims interview. When you initially contact the SSA, you will be given the opportunity to schedule an interview. This may take place at the SSA office nearest you or could occur by phone. If you have not completed your paperwork yet and your disability interview is in person, bring it along to this appointment.

4. The SSA reviews your medical records. Once you have filed the necessary paperwork and had your interview, the SSA will start to evaluate your medical records and should make a determination in three to six months. During this time, they may also "ask" you to see another doctor. Don't be fooled into thinking you have a choice about this — you must go to see that doctor or face denial on that basis alone.

5. Your claim is either approved or denied. If your SSD or SSI claim is denied, don't take it personally and most important — don't give up. You now have a 60-day window in which to file an appeal. If you do not, you will have to start from the very beginning should you decide to re-apply later on.

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