For millions of Americans who are living with a disability, daily life is often consumed by worry. In many cases disabled individuals are unable to work or work full-time. A meager monthly income combined with worries over how to pay medical bills as well as provide for necessities such as food and housing are often the sad reality for many disabled Americans.
Thankfully federal assistance in the form of Social Security Disability benefits is available to qualifying individuals. SSD benefits not only provide much-needed financial assistance to those individuals who are unable to work due to physical or mental conditions and disabilities, they also afford participants with access to a variety of community-based assistance programs.
The process of applying for SSD benefits can be confusing and somewhat overwhelming. The benefits determination process can also take close to a year and if an application for disability benefits is denied, gaining access to such benefits can take even longer. For these reasons, many disabled individuals choose to enlist the assistance of a legal professional who can help expedite the application and approval process.
When applying for benefits an individual must complete both a disability application and disability report. The disability report provides detailed information related to an individual's past and current medical condition. Whereas the disability application provides necessary identifying information related to the specific types of benefits for which an individual is applying. Both forms must provide complete and accurate information to even begin the SSD application process.
In some cases, individuals fail to provide adequate documentation related to their medical condition and are therefore denied disability benefits. When an application for disability benefits is denied, applicants may choose to appeal the court's decision. Again, the appeals process requires individuals to fill out both an appeal request form and appeal disability report. The purpose of these documents is to provide additional information related to an individual's condition.
Source: St. Augustine, "Social Security," Feb. 15, 2013