Accidents and illnesses can strike at any time, leaving Americans unable to work and without income. Many citizens who find themselves in such situations may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but the wait times for approvals can be long and mistakes are sometimes made by the Social Security Administration (SSA) during the claims process.
To help protect you from these issues and make applying for Social Security Disability as painless as possible, the attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have created a list of several steps you can take to help ensure you get the benefits you’re owed.
- Sign Up For My Social Security– Regularly checking your earned benefits will not only give you a good idea of what you can expect at retirement or in the event you become disabled, but it will also allow you to check for any mistakes that have been made in your earnings. Any errors should be reported to the SSA for correction.
- Check Your Statements– The SSA had stopped sending paper statements to workers several years ago, but recently began the process of distributing these documents again. Working age Americans will receive the statements every five years, and they should be examined in the same manner as My Social Security accounts.
- Apply As Soon As Possible– The Social Security Administration says it can take the average Social Security Disability claim longer than a year to have a decision issued. So the sooner your application is submitted, the sooner a decision can be reached.
If you’re considering applying for Social Security Disability or have a claim that’s been denied in the past, a Social Security Disability lawyer can help you determine the best course of action for your case. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve helped many people with their claims and want to do the same for you. Call us today at to speak with our legal team.