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How to File a Social Security Disability Claim

Knowing how to file a social security disability claim is not always as straightforward as the social security administration website makes it seem. Though seeking the help of a lawyer is often not a person’s first thought when dealing with Social Security Disability claims, the attorneys of Carabin Shaw are no stranger to the process and are happy to help both here and in person – be that in our San Antonio offices or our other offices throughout Texas.

Filing Methods

There are three methods available for those seeking to apply. These include over the phone, in person, and online. Though applying through the SSA website may seem convenient in our internet-driven lives, doing so will limit any help that a telephone or in-person interview may afford. At the same time, knowing what to say and saying it effectively may be problematic for potential filers.

Ultimately, playing to one’s strengths or abilities when choosing which method to file is advisable. For example, if you or your loved one know that articulating well over the phone is difficult, then the lawyers of Carabin Shaw tend to agree that filing online or in-person is advisable.

Preparing to File

The first step in considering how to file a social security disability claim, regardless of filing method, is one many neglect and spend a great deal of time fussing over later. Our San Antonio Social Security disability claims attorneys highly recommend that applicants gather up any relevant information and documentation to have accessible. This step will make the application process much smoother. When filing, you will be expected to supply the following information:

  • Full name and prior name(s)
  • Social Security Number(s)
  • Phone number(s)
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • Physical address
  • Place and date of birth
  • Day of last work date
  • Spousal information
  • Information on any and all children
  • Any military service/affiliation information
  • Details on your disability
  • Prior work history (dates, names, type)
  • Recent SSA earning statements
  • Any unpaid SSA taxes
  • Any Workers’ comp history
  • Any pending or future pay
  • Bank information (routing and account number)
  • And, oddly enough, if your spouse has worked for the Railroad

Tracking down all this information beforehand will make the application process much smoother than doing so while in the middle of filing. It is also always advisable to reach out to one of our San Antonio personal Injury Lawyers.

Filing Online

When considering how to file a social security disability claim online, the first step is to visit www.ssa.gov/disabilityonline . It is through this website that all online applications are handled. Take care to make sure no alternative websites are being used, as you will be at extreme risk of identity theft with the sensitive personal information that the application requires of applicants. The same is true for making sure that you or your loved one are using a secure computer that is clean of any viruses or malware.

Once you begin the process, you will be expected to provide all the information detailed earlier. The system will assign an application number. It is vital that you or your loved one record this number and keep it easily accessible. The number of times attorneys in San Antonio at Carabin Shaw has had to advise clients to start the application process over as a result of a lost application number is innumerable.

After recording the application number, you will be directed to supply all the information detailed earlier and any and all conditions you may be claiming, as well as any final remarks. Upon completion, the application must be printed, signed, and submitted to your local SSA Field Office (likely in San Antonio). If the application is not received within six months, the application process will have to start over from the beginning.

Filing Over-the-Phone and In-Person

The process for both filing over-the-phone and in-person is quite similar to filing online, with the exception that you will be giving all of your information over in interview with a SSA representative. Recording application number and operating within the six-month deadline is likewise vital.

Appealing a Claim

At least 65% of all initial Social Security disability claims are routinely rejected. This does not mean that you are henceforth never going to be eligible for disability. Those that appeal often eventually get awarded Social Security disability. To file an appeal, visit here for more information. Should you or your loved one’s application be rejected initially, it is advisable that a qualified San Antonio based attorney be consulted. Appeals often go before judges and councils, so having an expert lawyer to assist you or your loved one is something Carabin Shaw recommend.

If you ever need help at any point during the process, don’t hesitate to give Carabin Shaw a call at 210.222.2288.

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