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When to Apply for Your Social Security Disability Claim in San Antonio

If you’re one of the over 10 million Americans who are unable to make a steady living due to some handicap that impairs your ability to work, you are likely in need of financial assistance. Through its three local offices, the Social Security Administration offers disability assistance to those who need it in San Antonio. However, information regarding Social Security Disability Insurance isn’t well disseminated, and many who may be eligible may also be unsure of whether and when to apply for social security disability claims in San Antonio.

The attorneys of Carabin Shaw of San Antonio are here to help. Our San Antonio social security disability claims attorneys are available to connect people with the assistance they need. Unfortunately, uncertainty can be the greatest barrier to receiving benefits. Without a clear picture of when to apply for Social Security disability claims in San Antonio, many don’t even try. Because of this, our job often starts with education to public about eligibility and the claims process.

When are You Eligible for Social Security Disability?

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the most important requirements are meeting the administration’s definition of ‘disabled’ – your condition must be severe and long-term – and having worked long enough and recently enough in employment that has paid into the Social Security program.

When you apply for your social security disability claim in San Antonio, you will be required to bring in documentation of your work and medical history. As these are the most important in determining the eligibility of your claim, it is highly advisable that you have professional help in gathering and organizing this information, which are services that an attorney can provide. Your SSDI claim must also these following requirements:

  • Your condition must make you unable to work for at least 12 months.
  • You must not be already receiving any other form of social security benefits.
  • You must not have received a denial of social security benefits within the last 60 days. This only applies to new applications, and not to appeals for applications already made.
What Conditions Qualify as ‘Disabled’?

The faces of disability are many and varied in San Antonio. A wide range of physical and mental conditions affect eligible claimants, and there is no definition of what conditions do and don’t constitute disabilities within the program; all that matters is that they effectively limit a person’s ability to have a livelihood. Some of the most common conditions listed in the SSDI dataset are:

  • Crippling injuries
  • Congenital defects and anomalies
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Nervous system diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Amputations
  • Cognitive and intellectual disabilities
  • Psychotic and mood disorders

Of these listed, musculoskeletal and nervous system diseases, and intellectual and mood disorders are the four most common diagnoses for SSDI recipients, with beneficiary populations in the millions.

But just because your condition isn’t listed doesn’t mean it’s ineligible and shouldn’t prevent you from applying. If you are unsure whether your condition is a candidate for disability, talking to an attorney can help you determine when to apply for your social security claim in San Antonio.

Do I Need Help in Applying for SSDI?

Applying for SSDI benefits is notoriously difficult. Regardless of whether it is submitted online, over the phone, or at one of the three Social Security offices in San Antonio, your application needs to start out right. If information is incomplete, badly represented, or incorrectly filed, claimants are almost never successful. Due to the high number of rejected applications and appeals, professional assistance is always recommended.

An attorney from Carabin Shaw specializing in SSDI claims can be the difference in the success and failure of your application. Our professional guidance will examine your case to make sure it meets all requirements, includes all possible supporting documentation, and is presented in a prepared and organized manner.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility or need assistance in documenting and submitting your SSDI application, reach out to the San Antonio Social Security disability lawyers at Carabin Shaw. We’ll provide a free one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced and friendly attorneys where you can learn about your case, have all of your questions answered, and gain confidence in your ability to make a claim.

To speak with an attorney and schedule your free consultation, call the law offices of Carabin Shaw in San Antonio at 210.222.2288 or toll-free at 1.800.862.1260.

Visits with the Attorney are by appointment only. Main office San Antonio, Texas.

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