The SSD Application Process
Kathleen Devereaux discusses the disability application process and her experience with it:
In my work on behalf of families in Amherst, I have met many disabled individuals who are thinking about applying for Social Security Disability. Mothers and fathers become unable to help provide for their families. If you are injured or are suffering from a debilitating illness, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). While talking with families throughout western New York, much to my surprise, I have found that many people choose to pursue benefits without the assistance of a Social Security Disability lawyer. However, I always recommend meeting with an attorney to discuss the finer points of the application process and the procedures involved with appealing your claim if denied. Meeting with an attorney is important because you want to present your strongest case for disability. If you are in western New York and are considering to apply for benefits, Chris and I would be happy to speak with you about how to apply for disability.
Ways To Apply For Benefits
There are three convenient ways to apply for disability benefits. The first, and most convenient, is to apply online. As your lawyer, I will personally review or help you complete all necessary forms, and we will file your application electronically for you. I always tell disability applicants that this service can shorten the wait for a decision.
As an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer, I know that not everyone is comfortable transmitting sensitive information over the internet. If you are not comfortable with applying online, you can appear at your local SSA field office to fill out a paper application. In Buffalo, the Social Security office is located at 3131 Sheridan Drive in Amherst. Finally, if you are unable to drive to the Buffalo Social Security office because of the severity of your impairments, you can call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to apply over the phone.
Regardless of how you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, Law Offices of Pashler & Devereaux would like to help you complete all the paperwork necessary for a successful application. When you apply for disability benefits, you will complete numerous forms. It makes me very upset to see disability applications denied for preventable mistakes. As your Social Security Disability lawyer, I can help you manage your way through the confusing maze of forms and questions.
Understanding How To Prove Disability
As your Social Security Disability attorney, I know your statements are a pivotal component to your application, and insufficient or contradictory statements could result in a denial. I know this is hard because you may not be a medical professional or have knowledge about complex medical terminology. I always advise my clients to do their best to explain their symptoms.
I know your story is unique, and I want the Social Security Administration to understand how your disability affects you and your family. But I also want you to convey your story in a way that will help the Social Security Administration understand why you cannot work. The Social Security Administration needs to understand how your impairments limit your functional abilities.
Developing the best possible case for your disability claim requires careful attention to detail and as your Social Security Disability lawyer, I will provide you with the guidance necessary to put your strongest case forward.