Attorney For The SSDI Application Process
The application process for SSDI doesn’t sound very complex, but it is extremely frustrating and disheartening for most people who apply.
The first step in the process is to set up a consultation with your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. Just getting through by phone is difficult. The SSA has set up a website that allows you to start the application online, but getting the details and information correct can be one of the most challenging parts of the process. There will be several forms to fill out. If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will need to have your financial information, as well.
Handling The Full Social Security Disability Claim Application Process In Florida
At J. Michael Matthews, P.A., in Longwood, Florida, we meet with you and fill out the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) online application for you, making sure we get every detail and required information correct.
From offices in Longwood, we represent clients in SSDI cases throughout Central Florida.
Before we meet, we will explain what medical records you will need, as well as other personal information. If you do not have your medical records available, we will even work with your doctor to make sure you get whatever information you need.
The second step in the process takes place at the offices of the SSA Disability Determination Services (DDS), where they review your application to determine whether:
- You have provided all the information they need to make a decision.
- The information is accurate and complete.
- Your impairment is considered a qualifying disability under the SSA determination rules.
- Your disability allows you to continue to work in some capacity to earn an income.
At the third step in the process, you will receive a letter of determination. If your claim is rejected, the letter will explain why. Statistically, as high as 65 percent of initial claims are rejected, so don’t be discouraged. In many cases, the DDS will outright reject the claim because the disability does not qualify. In other cases, the DDS requires more information or has determined that any income you have been earning (despite your impairment) proves you are still able to earn a living.
If your claim was rejected, you will move to the fourth step, where your lawyer becomes an invaluable part of the process. You will file an appeal to the SSA Appeals Council, which you will attend to argue your case. This process may require nine to 10 months. We make sure you have all the evidence you need for a successful appeal and help you prepare for the hearing.
If the DDS rejects your appeal, you have the option of filing a legal appeal through the local federal court. This is why it is so important to have a licensed attorney handling your case. J. Michael Matthews, P.A., can fully prosecute your claim.
Call Us Today — You Pay Nothing If You Don’t Receive SSDI Benefits
Along the way, there will be ups and downs that we will handle for you. You don’t have to fight this alone. We have helped more than one thousand people get the SSDI benefits they need, and we are ready to help you. Call us at 407-278-8418 to schedule a free consultation. You can also contact our offices in Longwood by email.