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What to Know About SSDI Evaluations

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be a lengthy and complex process. Social Security has an extremely strict definition for what counts as disability, and proving disability by submitting the proper paperwork can be time-consuming. Working with an attorney can be a great benefit to your SSDI case by ensuring that all of the proper documentation is filled out correctly and submitted in a timely manner to obtain the maximum benefit.

Steps in Proving Disability

The first step in applying for SSDI is proving that you are disabled according to Social Security standards. In order to be eligible, an individual must have a disability or illness that prevents them from working for a year or longer, or will result in death. Based on a person's age, experience, education, and disability, they must be completely unable to find employment.

When an applicant claims an accepted disability, they must provide documentation proving the legitimacy of their claim. Not only does this documentation need to be present in an application, but it must be convincing to Social Security.

Documents you should have in your application include:

  • Contact information of any medical professionals that are familiar with your condition
  • Patient ID numbers at hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices
  • Copies of medical records
  • Details of prescriptions taken for the condition
  • Dates and details of medical visits and treatments

A claim can be denied if there is insufficient evidence of a disability or if the doctor's statement is not believable. If you are having trouble completing your application or feel as though it would be strengthened with the help of a Social Security disability lawyer, fill out an online case evaluation form with the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to begin your legal counsel.