5.4 Submitting Application


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Filing a disability application with the Social Security Administration can be a complex process, but there are a few things you can do to help you navigate the journey more effectively. First, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for the benefits for which you are applying. Generally, you must have a medical condition that prevents you from working and is expected to last for one year or more or result in your death.

Second, begin gathering necessary information and documentation. This includes doctor’s reports, test results, hospital records, imaging, therapy notes, and any other documentation that supports your disability claim.

Third, you can begin your application online through Social Security’s website. In addition, Social Security provides a Disability Starter Kit which outlines the information and documentation you will need to apply for benefits.

Fourth, consider seeking professional help. While you can apply for disability benefits on your own, many people find it helpful to seek professional assistance from a disability attorney. These professionals can guide you through the application process, help you gather necessary documentation, advise you on which benefits you may be eligible for, and represent you if your claim is denied and you need help to appeal.

Americans are free to take on the disability benefits application process on their own. Applicants can visit the Social Security offices in their state to learn more. You can find offices for your state here.

If you choose to file on your own be aware that most initial applications are denied. Having a disability advocate to help with the application process, can help you avoid the mistakes that will result in automatic denial.

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