Each year, thousands of California residents apply for Social Security Disability benefits. As our readers probably know, not all are approved to receive those benefits. The Social Security Administration is notorious for denying a large percentage of SSD benefits applications, for a variety of reasons. Probably one of the most common of the reasons is problems with the actual application that is submitted.
So, what should you know about the SSD benefits application process? Well, for starters, know that you should be prepared for a somewhat arduous, step-by-step process—and then it’s a waiting game. First, applicants need to make sure that they have all appropriate documentation gathered in order to support their claim for SSD benefits. Among those documents, most applicants will need details about their employment history and specific medical condition—among others.
The next step is actually filling out the application. Any mistakes could cost you time—so it is important to get it right. Once the application and supporting documentation are submitted to the Social Security Administration, they will review everything and, in some cases, follow up with the applicant for more information. But, once the SSA makes a determination on an applicant’s disability, that decision is then forwarded to the state for a final decision on the initial application.
At our law firm, we know that details matter when it comes to applying for SSD benefits. Getting it right on the initial application is crucial. For more information about how we might be able to help in your situation, please visit the “how to apply” section of our Social Security Disability website.