Getting Approved for Social Security Disability Benefits

Need Help Getting Your Benefits? See how to get approved for social security disability benefits.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), it takes at least 3 to 5 months to make a decision on your initial application for disability benefits. In some cases, the wait can be even longer. Additionally, if your application is denied and you have to appeal, it can take many more months for the SSA to evaluate your disability.

At John Bales Attorneys, it is our job to help you get the benefits you need in the shortest amount of time possible. Find out how we can help you by calling (800) 225-5564 or complete a free initial consultation form.

Tips for Getting Approved

Use these tips to help improve your chances of getting approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits:

  1. Carefully review any mail you receive from the SSA.
  2. Contact John Bales Attorneys when you receive mail from the SSA—we want to review any paperwork before you take action.
  3. Tell Social Security to call us before you speak to a representative.
  4. Notify us promptly about any personal changes, such as a change in your address, phone number, work status, or marital/family status.
  5. Let us know of any medical updates, such as hospitalization, new or additional diagnoses, or significant changes to your condition.
  6. Keep a medical diary to track your doctor visits, medications, tests, X-rays, MRIs, etc.

If you have questions about your disability benefits, contact John Bales Attorneys today. We can help you through all phases of the applications and appeals processes.

When You Get Your Benefits

If you are approved, you should receive your benefits in approximately 60 days. Benefits accrue from the sixth month after the date your disability began. The SSA imposes a 5-month waiting period to ensure that they do not pay benefits to people who do not have long-term disabilities. During this time, you must prove that you are continuously disabled.

You are not entitled to benefits for any month in the waiting period. However, you are entitled to back pay for benefits owed between the sixth month and the date your application is approved.

Your Monthly Benefit

Your monthly benefit amount is based on the number of “work credits” you have earned as a worker paying Social Security taxes. The SSA uses benefit calculators to estimate your potential benefit amount.

You also may be eligible for Medicare benefits. If you are under the retirement age, you must receive SSD benefits for at least 24 months, or meet other specific criteria, before you are eligible for Medicare. If you have questions about what benefits are available to you, call the Social Security Disability lawyers at John Bales Attorneys now.

Contact John Bales Attorneys to learn how to get approved for social security disability benefits.