Applying for and receiving Social Security Disability Benefits is a multi-step process. Here at Bridgman Gantt Law Offices, we handle Social Security Disability cases from the point of first denial. Essentially we are appellate lawyers. We help Social Security Disability applicants who have been denied benefits to seek reconsideration and have their matter heard by a judge. Though rare, some disability applicants are approved at their first application. This page is meant to be a roadmap of how the system works through the point of your first denial, and what you can expect from there.
In the vast majority of cases, acquiring Social Security Disability benefits is a three-part process, with each part having multiple steps. Essentially the three parts are application, followed by a first and then second appeal. Those three steps are more completely described below in “The Claim Process” Section of this page.
Preparation and organization are key factors in helping applicants maintain focus. We suggest creating a reference folder that includes things the Social Security interviewer will want to know, and things that will need to be included in the forms you must complete. Having the following information handy will be beneficial to you while applying for Social Security Benefits.
Creating A Reference Folder. While your Social Security interviewer will provide you a list, you will want to have the following items on hand, both for the initial telephone conversation and personal interview, if required. You should put these items together before starting your initial application and to maintain copies of this information in a file with your Social Security Disability correspondence. You will be asked for this same information several different times during your application process. Click the tabs below to get specific lists about what your folder should include, including personal information about you, information about your work, and information about your medical care. The more organized you are the less stressful the process is apt to be.
Things to add to your SSD Folder
Information Pertinent to Your History
Make Notes and Organize Information About Your Work:
Keep this information handy for multiple reasons:
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