Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits

Failure to properly apply for Social Security Disability benefits will almost certainly result in a denial. At the Law Office of David M. Shore, we will work hard to make sure this does not happen to you.

Lawyer David M. Shore and his team have been helping disability claimants in Oceanside and the surrounding areas of north county, Riverside County and the Inland Empire. We will bring that wealth of experience to help you properly apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

Why You Need A Qualified Team

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a very specific system for evaluating disability claims. As such, the terminology it uses has meanings that differ from what a normal person may perceive. While you are not required to have legal representation, an attorney who works exclusively with disability claims, like David Shore, is well-equipped to help you understand the process and all that is entailed in being approved.

Who Qualifies For SSA Disability

To apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be under the age of 65.
  • You must not be able to work due to a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or will result in death.
  • You must provide proof of your claim by medical evidence.

How To Apply

There are two ways to apply for benefits. You can apply online at the Social Security's website or by calling your local SSA office to schedule an appointment. Many people opt to complete their applications over the phone. A copy of the application will then be mailed to you for your signature.

What To Expect After You Apply

The SSA works at its own pace. It may take as long as three to five months (or perhaps longer) to get an answer on your initial application. In addition, more than half of all initial applications for disability benefits are denied, usually because the application doesn't include all the information SSA has requested. This is especially true of physician reports, lab tests and other medically necessary information. Working with a skilled team like ours at the Law Office of David M. Shore, can mitigate this concern.

Even still, if your application was denied, do not give up hope! Appeal your claim, and if necessary appeal again. Our firm can help you through the entire appeals process, working diligently to get you the benefits you need and deserve.

Contact Our Office In Oceanside For Experienced Advice

Many people believe that if they simply cannot work, an approval of a disability claim is a given. Unfortunately, the claim process can be a complicated ordeal. Protect your rights. Put an experienced advocate on your side and contact the Law Office of David M. Shore at 760-477-1180 today! We can conduct your free consultation by phone or in person — whatever is most convenient for you.