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  • Writer's pictureJames Dolenga

Applying for Social Security Disability / SSI

Applying for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income can be a complex and overwhelming process. These programs provide vital financial support for individuals with disabilities, but the application process can be difficult to navigate on your own. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of how to apply for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income and explain why it may be beneficial to hire an attorney to help you through the process.


How to Apply for Social Security Disability


Social Security Disability (SSD) is a federal program that provides benefits to individuals who are unable to work due to a medical condition that is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. To apply for SSD, you can visit your local Social Security office or apply online at the Social Security Administration (SSA) website.

When you apply for SSD, you will need to provide detailed information about your medical condition, work history, and other relevant information. You will also need to provide medical records and other supporting documentation to demonstrate the severity of your condition.

It is important to note that the application process for SSD can take several months or even years, and many applications are initially denied. If your application is denied, you can appeal the decision and request a hearing before an administrative law judge.


How to Apply for Supplemental Security Income


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides financial assistance to individuals with disabilities who have limited income and resources. To apply for SSI, you can visit your local Social Security office or apply online at the SSA website.

When you apply for SSI, you will need to provide detailed information about your income, resources, living situation, and medical condition. You will also need to provide medical records and other supporting documentation to demonstrate the severity of your condition.

Like SSD, the application process for SSI can take several months or even years, and many applications are initially denied. If your application is denied, you can appeal the decision and request a hearing before an administrative law judge.


Why Hire an Attorney Right From The Start


While it is possible to apply for SSD and SSI on your own, it can be helpful to hire an attorney to guide you through the process. With 30 years experience in Social Security disability law, the Law Office of James Dolenga can help you understand the requirements for SSD and SSI, gather and organize medical records and other documentation, and represent you at hearings before an administrative law judge.


We can also help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a beneficiary of SSD or SSI and help you navigate any issues that may arise, such as changes in your medical condition or changes in your income or resources.


In addition, hiring an attorney can increase your chances of being approved for SSD or SSI. According to the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), individuals who are represented by an attorney are more likely to be approved for benefits than those who apply on their own.

Conclusion


Applying for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income can be a challenging and time-consuming process. While it is possible to apply on your own, hiring an attorney who specializes in Social Security disability law can help you navigate the process and increase your chances of being approved for benefits. If you are considering applying for SSD or SSI, we encourage you to contact us today so that we can help you understand your options and guide you through the process.

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