There are many questions you may have about Social Security Disability claims in Orlando, Florida.
What is the definition of disability according to Social Security?
According to the federal Social Security Disability Act, “disability” is the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not fewer than 12 months.”
To determine if you qualify for these benefits, you need to show that you are incapable both emotionally and/or physically to do a job typically available in the workplace.
The way that you show this is by having your physician submit a written statement indicating that you are disabled according to “medically acceptable clinical and laboratory findings.” However, since objective testing doesn’t always reveal legitimate cases of disability, you may need to hire a social security disability lawyer such as David Best to protect your rights and show the Social Security Administration employees that you truly deserve Social Security Disability benefits.
When should I apply for Social Security Disability?
You will normally be eligible for benefits either:
- The day you stop working, or
- When your earnings go under $900.00 per month
You should apply for benefits under Social Security Disability as soon as you are eligible.
The reason for this is that even though the Social Security Administration estimates that the initial application will take only 90-120 days to complete, it can often take as long as 6-8 months. And, if your initial disability claim is denied (which they are about 70% of the time), the appeals process can take up to three years before you see any benefits.
Because of the complicated paperwork and appeals process involved, it is often advised that you look into hiring an experienced Orlando social security disability attorney to help.
How do I apply for Social Security Disability?
To apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you need to contact the local Florida Social Security Disability office. There are three ways to do this:
- File online at Social Security Online: Social Security Benefit Application
- Call the local Social Security Office (Social Security Office Locator) and make an appointment to apply for benefits
- Walk into the nearest Social Security Office (Social Security Office Locator) with no appointment
Often calling to set up an appointment is the best way to apply because you get a face-to-face meeting time arranged. Online applications lack this face-to-face contact, and walk-ins may need to wait hours to meet with someone.
However, if you have hired an attorney, you can avoid the hassle and frustration of the entire Social Security Disability application process by simply having your social security disability lawyer represent you.
For more information, please see our page on How to File for Social Security Disability.
How is the decision made to pay my Social Security Disability benefits?
The decision to pay you Social Security Disability benefits is almost solely based on medical evidence. This is why it is crucial for you to list every medical doctor and hospital you have visited, along with their contact information (addresses and telephone numbers). The reason for this is that your benefits will be determined based on supporting medical records. If the Social Security Administration employees can’t request the medical records, they can’t get the documentation needed to support your receipt of benefits.
For more information on what to do if your Social Security disability claim is denied, please click here.
If you think you may have a disability claim, contact the Orlando Florida Social Security disability claims attorneys at The Best Law Firm Florida P.A. immediately. There may be a time limit to your case!