The first thing an applicant should do is work with an experienced SSDI representative such as Allsup.
Belleville, IL (PRWEB) May 13, 2011
Thinking about applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits? Prepare yourself for a long wait for a decision because the Social Security Administration (SSA) is handling an exploding workload with an ever-tightening budget. But according to Allsup, the nation’s premier SSDI representation company, disability applicants can take steps to help speed up processing times.
“The first thing an applicant should do is work with an experienced SSDI representative such as Allsup,” said Mike Stein, assistant vice president of claims. “Filing for SSDI benefits is a very complicated and stressful process, and most people need expert help to navigate the system,” he pointed out.
Social Security Disability Insurance is a federally mandated insurance program overseen by the SSA that operates separately from the retirement and SSI programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and who can no longer work because of a severe disability (injury, illness or condition) that is expected to last for at least 12 months, or is terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible.
The SSDI application process requires a significant amount of documentation and the completion of forms to chronicle work history, medical conditions, treatment and physical limitations as a result of a severe disability. Some applicants may experience waits of two years or longer, especially when applying without a representative. For questions about what is needed to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, visit Allsup.com or call (800) 678-3276.
Stein offered several tips for disability claimants, whether or not they work with a professional representative, to expedite what is usually a lengthy process.
“Before you begin the actual process, you must prepare, prepare, and then prepare some more,” he emphasized. “It’s absolutely crucial that your application is complete so the SSA knows where to get information needed to make an informed decision.
“The more information disability claimants have on hand at the beginning of the process, the quicker the SSA can make a decision. That includes having a list of the names of all their doctors, their addresses, telephone numbers and their treatment dates.”
Stein added that claimants’ work histories also play an important role in the SSDI decision-making process.
“The SSA considers past relevant work when making its decision, so claimants should be able to provide their work histories over the past 15 years,” he explained. “This includes job titles, the type of work performed and dates of employment.”
Other information the SSA needs to process disability claims includes:
- Workers’ compensation information, including date of injury and claim number.
- Names and dates of spouse and minor children.
- Dates of marriages and divorces.
The scope of information needed is covered in several forms required by the SSA. Stein added that professional representatives such as Allsup can ensure that claimants’ information is accurate and thorough, as well as meet filing and appeal deadlines.
“This is very important,” he said. “Whenever a filing deadline is missed, the entire application process may have to start all over again, which will add lengthy and unnecessary delays.”
To get assistance with an application, a disability appeal or for a free evaluation of SSDI eligibility, contact the Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 678-3276.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs nearly 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis.
(800) 854-1418, ext 65065
Dan Allsup, ext 65760
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