Kissimmee SSD Claims Attorney
Applying for disability benefits is a confusing process, though it is a hurdle everyone must clear. You can’t receive benefits unless you file a Social Security disability claim—it’s that simple.
Unfortunately, many injured people are trying to manage pain and other limitations from a serious illness or injury, so they are stressed out enough as it is. They don’t know how to apply or what they need. Luckily, our Kissimmee Social Security disability claims attorney simplifies the process for you.
Required Information and Materials
You need specific information and documents to apply, so you should gather them ahead of time. This makes the application process smoother. The Social Security Administration publishes a “starter kit” that lists all the documents you need. Some of the more important include:
- Medical records you currently have
- Names and dates of birth for spouse and children
- Dates of any marriages and divorces
- Your banking information
- Information about any workers’ compensation claim
- Information about your work history for the past 15 years
If you want more information, call ahead. Remember, SSA can get copies of medical records that you do not have in your possession but provide whatever you do have.
How to Apply
You can apply for benefits online or by calling toll-free 1-800-772-1213. If you call, you can schedule an appointment to meet at a Social Security office or to submit your application information over the phone.
We recommend that applicants choose the method that is most comfortable for them. If getting out of the house is hard, then applying over the phone or online makes sense. If you don’t feel comfortable with computers, then possibly schedule a time to apply over the phone.
Your Benefit Amount
Your monthly benefit will be based on your lifetime earnings. Someone with a longer work history can often receive more in benefits. The same is true of someone who earned more money while working. You can find the estimated benefit, which is updated annually, by contacting SSA.
If you are currently receiving workers’ compensation benefits for a workplace injury, then the amount you receive will likely be reduced. This is called the “offset” provision in Florida, and it prevents people from getting a double recovery.
No Asset Limit
Unlike other government programs, SSD is not means tested. There is no limitation on the amount of assets that you own, such as money in the bank. Also, your spouse’s income will not disqualify you from SSD benefits. Instead, you qualify based on your disability and your work history.
Avoid Delay—Contact a Kissimmee SSD Attorney Today
Processing an application for disability benefits can take up to 5 months, and you will not receive benefits until your claim is approved. For this reason, you should apply as soon as you become disabled. You can expect to wait around 6 months before you receive any benefits.
At the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., we have helped many injured men and women obtain disability benefits. Let us use our experience for you. We offer a free consultation.