Winter Haven Social Security Application Attorneys Providing Legal Advice and Services for Clients Applying for SSA Benefits
If you have recently become disabled or ill and are unable to work, applying for Social Security Disability benefits is usually the next step for you to replace your wages and help support yourself and any dependents. Here are the basics about applying for SSDI in Florida and why you should consider working with a disability attorney right from the start.
What Are the Steps to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits in Florida?
The Social Security Administration allows individuals seeking benefits to apply online, by phone, or in person at their local SSA office. You will start by gathering all the information and documents necessary for your application. You will then submit your application, which will be reviewed by the SSA to make sure your condition matches their classification of disability, and that you have worked long enough to qualify for SSDI benefits.
They will also evaluate your current work activities, and process your application. Next, your application is forwarded to a Disability Determination Services office in Florida, where a decision about your application will be made. You will then receive a letter in the mail letting you know whether you were approved, denied or whether more information is needed.
What Kind of Information Will I Need to Share on My Application?
What makes the SSDI application process seem daunting to some is the volume of information you are required to share about yourself, your disability, your work, and your family members (if any of them will be receiving benefits with you). Be ready with basic personal information such as your name, birth date, social security number, information about your spouse and any minor children (if applicable), and banking information (where you would like your payments to be deposited).
You will also need to provide the name and contact information of a healthcare professional that can provide more information about your health condition. Add as much information as possible about your medical condition or illness, including dates and locations where you received treatment, medicines you were prescribed, and medical exams you have taken. Next, you will have to share details about your current work and the jobs you’ve had in the past 15 years. If a spouse and/or child is also going to be receiving benefits, you will be sharing information about them as well.
How Soon Should I Apply for SSDI Benefits and How Long Will It Take To Receive Them?
Because the application process can be quite time-consuming, you should consider initiating it as soon as you become disabled, as it may take some time to gather all the information and supporting documents you will need for a successful application. Once you have submitted your application, the waiting time for a decision will vary depending on the time of year and how busy your SSA office will be.
On average, you can expect to wait around 90 days for a decision to be made. Unfortunately, the majority of SSDI applications will likely be denied and require an appeal, which only adds to the waiting period. For cases needing a hearing in front of an administrative law judge, you can expect to wait over a year simply to receive a hearing date, and months before a decision is made.
When Is It a Good Idea to Hire a Social Security Disability Attorney for My Case?
Hiring a Social Security Disability attorney can be a smart decision, and the earlier you take this step, the better. Your attorney can help you with every aspect of preparing your application and helping you avoid costly mistakes. If an appeal is needed, your attorney can represent you at every step of the way — especially if you are required to appear before an Administrative Law Judge.
Finding yourself ill or disabled is a traumatic experience for anyone. When you work with an SSDI attorney such as those at Jiles Law, P.A., you can rest assured we will do a thorough job and work hard to get you the benefits you deserve, so you can focus on what matters most. Contact us at 863-875-6900 to see how we can help.