The SSD Application Process in Oklahoma
The Social Security Disability (SSD) process is known for being extremely challenging and selective. There are numerous strict guidelines in place that applicants must adhere to in order to be able to receive benefits. This is a time-consuming process that must be free of errors in order to be approved. It is a good idea to enlist the help of an Oklahoma attorney at Atkins & Markoff before you begin the application process in order to ensure everything is properly filled out and error-free. Our SSD attorneys have extensive experience working these types of cases and will be able to guide you through the process and work with you each step of the way to ensure you have the best chance to receive the SSD benefits you need and deserve.
What You Need to Know
Before you complete the application, attorneys at Atkins & Markoff will work with you to make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will look at the following factors to start:
- Your work credit history
- The nature of your disability
Work Credit History
Because SSD benefits are a tax-funded program, you must have had taxes taken out of your work wages for a set period of time in order to receive disability benefits. The amount of time you must have worked will be based upon your age and at what time you became disabled. This time period differs for each individual, which is why it is helpful to work with an attorney at Atkins & Markoff to ensure you understand and meet the work credit history requirements.
Nature of Your Disability
It is important to note that SSD benefits are only awarded to individuals who have a total disability. Criteria for total disability is as follows:
- You are unable to do the work you did before your disability
- The SSA determines you are unable to do any other type of work; and
- Your disability or condition is expected to last at least one year
The nature and level of an individual’s disability is typically one of the most important factors taken into consideration by the SSA. A detailed medical history and sufficient documentation that supports your disability claim should be supplied in order to show that you are truly unable to gain work of any kind.
The application is crucial to the success of your case, which is why we are committed to working with you through every step of the process and ensure everything is filled out correctly. We will work hard to make sure our clients are prepared for and understand the SSD application process. This includes compiling as much information as possible, including the following:
- Your Social Security number and birth certificate
- Contact information for all of your medical care providers and facilities
- A complete schedule of all of your medical needs
- All relevant medical records
- Any laboratory or medical / psychological test results
- Recent tax records that state your income
Medical release forms which will allow the SSA to take a deeper look into your specific situation and relationship with your medical care providers will also be necessary. Once again, because the application is both challenging and crucial to the outcome of your benefits case, it is important that you work with an experienced attorney during this stage.
Contact Atkins & Markoff Today
Working with an attorney at Atkins & Markoff from the beginning steps of the SSD application process is a great way to lessen your risk of denial. Because the SSA is notorious for denying SSD applications, it is in your best interest to enlist the services of a qualified Oklahoma disability lawyer right from the start. Atkins & Markoff is located in Oklahoma City and will work hard to make sure your application is error-free and as strong as possible. We offer a free consultation service which will allow us to meet with you and go over your case in detail before getting started. Call Atkins & Markoff right away to schedule your free meeting and let us help you with the application process for your SSD benefits!