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How Do I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits? 

Clients apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is the first step in attempting to recover federal disability funds that you are rightfully entitled to if found disabled by the Social Security Administration.
In the application, you will be required to state why you are unable to work. Although the application itself can take several hours to fully complete, it is a requirement if you want to be considered a recipient of Social Security Disability benefits. 
There are a few ways to complete your application for disability benefits and over the years, the Social Security Administration has made it easier to submit your application. Provizer & Phillips will help you with the application process.
Online Application 
By logging onto www.ssa.gov, the Social Security Administration's website, you can fill out the SSD application in the comfort of your own home. The Social Security Administration website allows you to move through the online application at your own pace and if you want to continue it at a later time, you simply save the information that you entered and you can log back on at a later time. SSI applications cannot be completed online.
In-Person Application 
The Social Security Administration also allows you to make appointments at their local office to apply in person. If you do not have access to a computer or have an impairment prevents you from filling out the application on your own, you can make an appointment with a Social Security Administration representative by calling 800-772-1213.
Before applying, it's important to gather all of your personal information such as your Social Security card, birth certificate, naturalization card, employment records, medical records, doctor's information, the names of any treatment centers or hospitals you may have visited and anything else relevant to why you are unable to work.
If the application is filled out correctly and all documentation is in order, applicants should receive a letter containing the Social Security Administration's initial decision to approve or deny the claim usually within three to four months. 
Due to the overwhelming number of claims, however, combined with the fact that the Social Security Administration often enlists the help of state agencies in the review process – most claims are denied at the initial review. 
It is important to have an attorney to help you with the application process and deal with the Social Security Administration. Hiring a qualified attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability law will greatly increase the chances of a favorable decision for your claim. 
Call Provizer & Phillips today at 248-642-0444 for your free consultation on Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Long-Term Disability, and ERISA claims.