Chapter 5: How Do I Apply For Disability Benefits?

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If you’ve identified your potential for disability benefits, you’ve already overcome a major hurdle. As you prepare to apply for disability benefits, you’ll gather medical evidence, important documents and find out what to expect when it comes to timelines, approval rates, the appeals process and more. Read on to learn more about the application process.

5.1 The Eligibility Checklist

5.2 Developing Medical Evidence

5.3 Gathering Necessary Paperwork

5.4 Submitting Application

5.5 What Is a Consultative Examination

5.6 Awaiting Decision

5.7 Reconsideration

5.8 Administrative Law Judge Hearing

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