How do you apply for disability? There are several way a person may apply for social security disability; the first way to apply is by computer, you can go to the website of ssa.gov and click on the box entitled disability, it will instruct you how to apply and how to submit your application ; the second way to apply for disability is by telephone, you can phone social security disability at 1 (800) 772-1213 and they will send you the documents to apply and schedule you for an interview; the third way to apply is by going to the local social security office and getting the documents, once you submit the application back to their office, they will get in touch with you about your interview.
Will you get declared disabled right away? No, probably not, most people may hear this from someone, but the truth is you will probably not get declared disabled. If you are denied at this stage you will need to appeal within the deadline. This is called your reconsideration stage, you are asking the department to reconsider their denial of your claim. I will usually consult a Registered Nurse to help review your condition and other health professional such as physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Unfortunately most people are turned down on their appeal, so what is there to do after that? Your next step will require you to have a hearing before a Federal Administrative Law Judge. Many people find this step a little intimidating, but because I have made my living in the courtroom, I am very familiar with the process of appearing before judges and juries. In the hearing you will be required to give testimony before the judge, and answer some questions from your attorney. After the hearing there will generally be a waiting period before you know the result of your hearing.
Should you need assistance with your disability application and claim, please give the law office a call Monday through Saturday toll free at (877) 271-2633 or local at (615) 308-2633. We look forward to hearing from you.
Daniel L. McMurtry, Esq.