How Do I Apply For Social Security Benefits?

The Social Security Administration makes applying for Social Security benefits seem deceptively simple. The agency's website invites applicants to apply by phone, in person, or online — which, according to the agency, is the "easiest and most convenient way."

What the SSA fails to state is that the majority of applications they receive are denied — some because the information provided by the applicant was incorrect or below the standards required to receive benefits, but many others just because that's the nature of the process. The process is set up to discourage people, to dissuade them from pursuing benefits and to force them back to work in order to make a living — even when they're unable to do so.

Legal Help For The Application Process

My name is Gary Jones — I am an attorney, and for 25 years I have helped clients throughout the greater Oklahoma City area apply for and obtain the Social Security benefits they need and deserve. I am an experienced advocate for disabled individuals and personally handle every aspect of every case I take — from the intake and application process, to strategizing and preparing for any hearings, to the appeals process, when necessary.

The application process, because it seems deceptively simple, is often the place where applicants are tripped up the most. The questions asked by the SSA may seem straightforward — especially those on the Disability Report Form and Function Form — but they are intended to invoke a response or answer that their agency can use against you later, when they deny your application.

Don't Get Tripped Up At The Start

Your best bet is to consult with an experienced, qualified Social Security Disability lawyer — like myself — during the application process. This will give you the best chance of making sure your application is filled out correctly, completely and in a manner that the agency will find acceptable.

If you plan to apply for Social Security benefits — either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — contact The Law Center for Social Security Disability for a free consultation. I can help you understand what you should — and should not — say on your application and give you sound guidance on how to present your case in the best possible light. Send me an email or call 405-896-8852 today.

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