When Should You Apply for Social Security Disability?

April 11, 2013

At The Brad Hendricks Law Firm, a frequent question asked by our clients or potential clients is when a person should apply for Social Security Disability benefits after becoming disabled.  One myth is that an application may only be submitted when a disability has lasted longer than one (1) year.  This simply is not true.

According to the Social Security Administration, you should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled, bearing in mind that a disability application may take a long time to process.  To apply, you must provide the following:

Application for Social Security benefits

Adult Disability Report

Your application may be expedited if you provide the following information to your local Social Security Office:

Social Security Number

Birth Certificate or Baptismal Record

Names, addresses and phone numbers for all medical providers and case workers that treated you for your disability and the dates of treatment

Medication names and dosages for all medicines taken

Medical records in your possession

Relevant laboratory and test results

A summary of where you worked and the type of work you performed

A copy of your most recent W-2 Form or your most recent federal tax return if you are self-employed

Keep in mind that additional information may be required as your application is processed.

If your application is approved, and the state agency determines, for example, that your disability began on January 15, your first benefit will be paid for the month of July.  You should receive your July benefit in August.

If you or a loved one believe you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits and you have been denied, please call The Brad Hendricks Law Firm at (501) 588-0549 or (866) 676-5096 to discuss your claim with a member of our Social Security Department, led by David Rawls.

SOURCE:  Social Security Administration

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