Whatever disability or disorder you suffer from, remember that there is help in the form of social security benefits available to you. Understanding how to apply, where to apply, and why consulting with an attorney during this process is key to making sure you receive the proper benefits.
Here are a few facts to keep in mind regarding social security benefits:
· Ask yourself - do I qualify? In order to qualify for disability benefits, an individual must be able to show that he or she has a recognized disability via medical records. Sometimes a related family member of an individual can also benefit from disability benefits, as well. If, however, an individual applying for disability benefits can still work - he or she may not be eligible for benefits.
· When and how do I apply for disability benefits? Applying is easy and applying as soon as possible is best. Most of the time, going through an attorney in the application process is best. Your attorney can help you fill out the necessary paperwork and make sure the process runs smoothly. It is also best to apply as soon as you learn you have a disability because the application process can be lengthy in time so it is ideal to get it started as soon as possible.
· Should I consult an attorney? While consulting an attorney can sometimes seem like the more expensive option as opposed to not - in these cases it usually saves any individual person applying for disability money. The paperwork can be complicated so having an attorney present, who is familiar with it, can be very useful. Additionally, if your request for disability benefits is denied by Social Security - your chances of winning and receiving benefits is much higher with an attorney on your side.
If you are or have recently become disabled and are unable to work, understand that there are benefits available to you and your family. Consult an attorney to learn more about what those benefits are and how to receive them.