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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY FAQ

Answers to Some of the Most Common SSD Questions

1. What is the process for applying for Social Security Disability?
There are three ways you can apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits: online, over the phone, or in person at your local Social Security office.

If you choose to file online, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Review the Adult Disability Checklist.
  2. Complete the Disability Benefit Application.
  3. Complete the Adult Disability Report.
  4. Complete the Authorization to Disclose Information form (SSA-827).

Applying online is an efficient and effective way to apply for benefits.

2. What is Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability—or SSD—is a benefits program funded by payroll taxes. Benefits available through the SSD program may be awarded to disabled workers whose impairments prevent them from working and are expected to last at least one year or result in death.

3. Do I qualify for disability benefits?
SSD benefits are available to disabled workers who have earned enough work credits to be considered qualified. There are two different earnings tests that the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses to evaluate applicants:

  1. The “recent work” test, which evaluates your age at the time of your disability
  2. The “duration of work” test, which evaluates how long you have worked under Social Security

The guidelines used by the SSA for evaluating SSD claims are complex and stringent. If you have questions about your disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Crumley Roberts by calling or complete a free initial consultation form.

4. Where do I find the Social Security benefits application form?
You can obtain the application for SSD benefits online, at your local Social Security office, or by mail if you call (800) 772-1213 and request a Disability Starter Kit.

The North Carolina Social Security Disability lawyers at our law firm can help you collect the information you need to prepare your application for benefits.

5. What does appealing a Social Security Disability claim mean?
By law, you have the right to ask the SSA to reconsider its decision on your application for SSD benefits for any reason. You can even ask the SSA to reconsider its decision if you are granted benefits, but disagree with some aspect of your award. When you request that the SSA reconsider its decision on your claim, you are appealing the decision.

There are a number of possible steps in the appeals process, and having the representation of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney on your side may be able to help you get the benefits you need.

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