Indianapolis Claims Process Lawyer

Lafayette SSD Benefits Attorneys

Patience and Determination Required

The first thing you need to know about the process for obtaining SSI or SSD benefits is that it takes time. In a best case scenario, getting approved at the initial application stage, you're still looking at a three- to six-month wait. If your claim is denied (as most are), the process will probably take a minimum of one year (but could be longer).

So what are the basic steps in that process?

First, of course, is completing and filing the initial application. If your claim is denied, the appeals process starts with a Request for Reconsideration, followed by a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), followed by a review of your case by the Social Security Administration's Appeals Council in Virginia. If none of those appeals are successful, you can take your case to federal court.

Knowing what to expect makes a difference. As your attorney, I will put in the time and effort it takes to prepare you and get you comfortable with how the process typically works. I will work with you directly and stay in close communication from start to finish. To learn more about SSI and SSD benefits, or the claims or appeals processes — call or contact my law offices today for a free consultation.

The Disability Evaluation Process

Before the Social Security Administration will approve a claim for SSI or SSD benefits, you need to be able to prove you have the right answers to the following five key questions:

1. Are you working? (okay as long as you are earning less than $980 a month)

2. Is your impairment severe? (must be strongly supported by objective medical evidence)

3. Does your condition meet (or equal) one of the SSA's medical impairment listings?

4. Could you do any previous relevant work?

5. Can you do any work? (work that exists in significant numbers nationally)

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Indianapolis Area: 317-489-4066 / Indiana Toll Free: 888-339-4149

As a lawyer, I handle claims for SSD and SSI benefits for people throughout the central Indiana region. In fact, this is the only type of legal work I do. I encourage you to take advantage of my experience and knowledge of the Social Security system by calling or contacting me for a free consultation today.