There is a 2-step process to applying for Social Security disability benefits in Arizona. First, you must review the Adult Disability Checklist provided by the Social Security Administration. Next, you must complete the Disability Benefit Application, also provided by the SSA.
To make the application process go as quickly as possible, you should have information related to your history, your medical condition and your employment history. All of these factors will be considered when the SSA reviews your application and makes a decision on your benefits eligibility.
Once the application is complete, the SSA will confirm your application, review your information and after processing your application, they will send a final decision to you in the mail. The process can take a while, and you can check the status of your SSD application if you haven’t received a decision yet.
Should You Apply on Your Own or With a Lawyer?
There are two ways you can approach the SSD benefits application process. You can do the application yourself, and provide all the information through your online application. It’s free to apply and doesn’t take much time to complete.
The second way to apply for SSD benefits is to work directly with an attorney. A Social Security disability lawyer can help you better understand the benefits application process, and can help you organize and present your information in a way that maximizes your chances of approval. Although it does cost money to work directly with an attorney, the benefit of getting a greater chance of approval is often well worth the expense of hiring legal help.
Statistics show that applicants represented by an attorney are three times more likely to receive benefits than those who apply on their own.
The reasons are varied, but the common theme is that applicants who go it alone often don’t fully understand the intricacies of the application, or they don’t fully present their information in a way that truly highlights their disability.
An experienced SSD attorney, on the other hand, has completed many benefits applications over time, and knows exactly what needs to be presented in order to give the applicant the best chance of success. Choosing whether to apply on your own or with an attorney is a personal decision based on your goals. If your goal is to take your chances and risk a lower approval rate, applying on your own may be the best option.
If your goal is to give yourself the best chance of getting approved, then hiring a Social Security disability attorney may be your ideal option. The right attorney can simplify the application process and take care of your needs from start to finish.
Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
To see if you’ll qualify for benefits before starting your application, fill out the free Disability Case Review form below. We’ll review your information and provide a better idea of whether or not you’ll qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits in Arizona?
You can apply for SSD benefits in Arizona if you meet the criteria set forth by the SSA. In addition to meeting the information outlined in the adult disability checklist, you must be at least 18, not currently receiving SSD benefits, and have not been denied disability benefits within the last 2 months. If you have been denied, you must wait until after the 60-day period is over to apply again.
Lastly, you must be unable to work because of a medical condition that you expect to last at least one year or longer. If you meet these criteria, you may be eligible to receive SSD benefits. If you’d like to learn more, we invite you to call our team and speak with Social Security lawyer Jared Everton. We’ll provide a free case review and give you an idea of what you can expect from the disability application process.
How the Social Security Administration Decides if you Qualify
The Social Security Administration evaluates a number of factors in determining whether or not you qualify for SSD benefits. To learn how to apply – and get approved – for Social Security disability benefits in Arizona, read the questions and information below.
- Are you working? If you make more than $1,010 a month, you are generally not considered disabled.
- Is your condition severe? If your condition does not appear to interfere with your basic daily work functions, you won’t be considered disabled.
- Is your condition found in the listing of impairments? If your impairment is on the list, you are considered disabled. If it’s not, the SSA needs to decide if it’s of equal severity to a medical condition that is on the list.
- Can you do work you previously did? If your medical condition does not interfere with work you’ve previously done, than your claim will be denied.
- Can you do any other type of work? The SSA takes your age, education, work history and transferrable skills into account when deciding this last question. If you can’t function in any other type of work, your claim will be approved. If you can perform another job type, your claim will be denied.
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If you’d like to get the best chance of approval for SSD benefits, we invite you to call our office today. Jared Everton and his talented team are ready to help with your disability case.
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