Filing For Social Security Disability
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We help you obtain the Social Security disability benefits you need
Recent studies show that a 20-year old worker has a 25% chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age. Social Security disability benefits are available to qualified candidates who are no longer able to work as a result of a disability. Unfortunately, the process of filing for Social Security benefits can be overwhelming, confusing and stressful. If you do find yourself in this situation, it is important to understand how Social Security disability works, whether you qualify and how to file for benefits.
Obtaining Social Security disability benefits can be frustrating and complex process. The New Port Richey Social Security disability lawyers at the law office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. have more than 150 years of combined experience helping disabled people just like you receive the Social Security benefits they need. We help you through the entire SSD process, from beginning to end, and fight for your rights to SSD if you have been denied benefits. Serving New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs and all of Pasco County, as well as the Tampa Bay area.
What is Social Security disability?
Social Security Disability Insurance, also referred to as “SSDI”, is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration. The program sets forth criteria that must be met in order to qualify for benefits. If you meet that criteria and the requirements regarding how long you have been employed and whether you have paid Social Security taxes, then Social Security Disability Insurance will provide benefits to you and certain members of your family.
Who is eligible for Social Security disability?
Eligibility for social security disability depends on how old you are when you become disabled and the nature of your disability. If you are still able to work and earn more than $1,130 per month in 2016, then you cannot qualify for disability benefits. Your medical disability must be considered severe enough to impact your everyday work-related activities.
How do I file for Social Security disability?
File for Social Security disability benefits as soon as you become disabled; application processing can take three to five months. In order to file, you must provide medical and other information to the Social Security Administration for them to determine if you meet their definition of disability. Specifically, you will need to provide:
- Your birth or baptismal certificate
- Your Social Security number
- Contact information for your doctors, hospitals, clinics and caseworkers
- Dates of your medical visits
- Medical records from your doctors, hospitals, therapists, clinics and caseworkers
- A list of all of the medicine, including dosages, that you currently take
- Results from laboratory tests
- A summary of your work, including the type of work and where it was conducted
- Copy of your most recent W-2 Form (Wage and Tax Statement) or, if you’re self-employed, your federal tax returns for the past year
An application for social security disability can be completed online. In addition to this basic application, you must also complete forms that will require information concerning your medical condition and how it impacts your ability to work, as well as forms granting your permission for your healthcare professionals to discuss your medical condition with the Social Security Administration.
Don’t navigate this course alone – Contact a skilled New Port Richey Social Security lawyer as soon as you are disabled
Obtaining the Social Security disability benefits that you are entitled to is, unfortunately, not as simple as just completing the paperwork. Our New Port Richey Social Security disability lawyers have the knowledge you need to navigate this complex system on your behalf, so you receive the benefits to which you are entitled. The Social Security lawyers at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. provide skilled legal guidance to those seeking Social Security disability benefits. Call today for a free consultation at 727-835-5536 or contact us online.