Introducing Ram’s Disability Corner

Today, I’d like to introduce a member who will regularly contribute to a new section to our site, Ram Meyyappan; disability expert and advocate from  Social Security Disability-help.org to which I will also add occasional articles. Ram will write an article every few weeks and I’ll supplement with information on Social Security Disability as I learn it. This is our first ‘installment’ about Social Security Disability and as such, it is quite generalized and abbreviated. But, we have our own EXPERT advocate. If you have particular questions, why not fill out the Contact Me form and I’ll forward your particular question to Ram-or if I can answer it, I will. 

I’d like to say that the best place to get information about Social Security is either from his website or from the ‘horse’s mouth’ at Social Security.  Yes, there are many creditable sites, but why not stick with tBut for ‘starters’ these are a few things that Ram would like to point out, especially for the person who has little experience with Social Security Disability and how to file for it:

 How to File an Application for Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits 

Social Security Disability benefits are meant for individuals who are out of work due to a long-term disability. There are three ways to begin your SSD application:

  • Contact the SSA via their main helpline at 1-800- 772-1213,
  • Call your local SSA office to make an appointment to complete your application in person,
  • Or, visit the SSA’s website (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability.htm) to immediately begin your application.

Whether you complete your application online or in person with the SSA, there are three forms required:

Additional forms may be required by the SSA as well, in order to evaluate the extent of your symptoms and your physical and mental limitations, as well as the effect that these factors have on your ability to perform everyday tasks, including typical job functions. If more information is needed, you will receive direct requests from the SSA to complete other forms or to submit additional documentation.

It is also important to note that medical documentation makes up a great deal of the proof of your disability and is an essential requirement for the SSA to make a determination on your SSD claim. You should submit any and all medical documentation you have, and ensure you provide thorough information on your SSD application forms about all of the medical providers from whom you have received treatment.

If you do not want to go through the process alone, you can hire a disability attorney or advocate to help you with the application.

Article by Ram Meyyappan

www.disability-benefits-help.org

Also, a list of disabling conditions and the documentation needed to apply for each condition as a potential disability can be found here

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