Most people initiate a Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) claim online, over the phone, or by going into a local Social Security office. An Evansville Social Security disability lawyer can assist you with preparing the initial paperwork, but your lawyer is not able to sign the application. The person who is seeking the disability benefits must sign the application. This is one of the only forms that an Evansville Social Security disability lawyer cannot sign on behalf of a claimant throughout the disability process (unless the attorney is court appointed).
A claim can be initiated over the phone by calling the Social Security Administration’s toll free number, 1-800-772-1213. A phone meeting with a local Social Security representative will be scheduled. Alternatively, you may schedule a live meeting with a Social Security representative. During either the phone or live meeting, the representative will gather the necessary information regarding your claim and put it into a computer application. If the information is gathered over the phone, then the completed application will be sent to you for your signature. A Social Security disability claim may also be completed online over the Internet. However, note that a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim cannot be completed online. You should consult an Evansville Social Security disability lawyer to understand whether you are likely to qualify for SSI or SSDI.
Upon the initial application, the Social Security Administration does not make the actual medical determination regarding whether or not you are disabled. Rather, the Social Security Administration contracts with a state agency to determine whether a claimant is medically disabled. Typically, a medial doctor and a lay person (the disability examiner) evaluate your claim. If the Social Security Administration denies your claim, you can request that your claim be reconsidered, and a separate set of individuals will re-evaluate it. In most cases, the determination is the same. After that, you can request a hearing before an administrative law judge. It is particularly good idea to make sure you have an Evansville Social Security disability lawyer involved in your matter by this point. An experienced attorney can advise you regarding how to best prepare and present evidence at this important hearing.