The application process for receiving disability compensation is complicated – and often confusing. Social Security Disability benefits are not awarded easily or quickly, so the sooner you begin the process, the better your chances are for receiving an award. You can improve your chances for having your claim approved by gathering all the required information you will need ahead of time.
You will submit forms to the Social Security Administration. For more information, please see the Social Security Disability booklet. However, the following documents will be necessary, regardless of the specifics of your claim:
After you have filled out the application form and submitted it with the proper documentation, your local Social Security office will review your non-disability eligibility. This means your work history and payments into Social Security if you are applying for Social Security Disability, or your income and resources if you are applying for Supplementary Security Income. At this stage, the office will also confirm the relationship between you and your spouse/children if they have also applied for benefits.
This group evaluates your application to determine your disability status – your claim will be reviewed by a medical doctor or psychologist (if the disability is mental) and a disability evaluation specialist. They may also order what is called a consultative examination from another doctor. A consultative examination is ordered when you haven’t provided some necessary piece of information that the Disability Determination Division wants to see.
These examinations may or may not help your claim, depending upon the doctor and numerous factors. Your best bet is to provide all the information they need up front, but sometimes it’s difficult to anticipate what additional evidence they will request. Refusing the consultative examination will automatically deny your claim – although an attorney familiar with disability claims can help.
Currently in South Carolina, getting through Disability Determination takes around 4-6 months, and many eligible people become discouraged and give up when their initial claims are rejected. However, it’s important to realize that a huge percentage of disability claims are denied on the first round. If you or a loved one is eligible for disability, don’t let the process intimidate you or prevent you from seeking assistance that you need.
If your claim for disability has been rejected, contact the South Carolina Social Security attorneys at Louthian Law Firm as soon as possible. We can help get the process moving quickly and preserve your right to an appeal. Because we’ve represented injured South Carolinians in government and court proceedings since 1959, we understand how to get you the best possible result.
For a free evaluation of your Social Security case, call the Louthian Law Firm today toll free at (803) 454-1200. You can also fill out the confidential online consultation form. We can help residents of Columbia, Orangeburg, Lexington, Aiken, Sumter, Charleston, Irmo, Myrtle Beach, Richland County, Rock Hill and across South Carolina get the benefits they deserve.