How to Apply for Social Security Disability in South Carolina
Injured or ill workers in South Carolina who need Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits often find themselves facing a cumbersome application process that they did not expect. More than half of all initial SSD applications are denied. If you have a disability that prevents you from earning a living, bureaucracy and process should not prevent you from obtaining the benefits you are entitled to receive.
SSD applicants must provide detailed information and complete numerous forms to demonstrate that they meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.” This may require completing applications online, in person or by telephone. An experienced South Carolina Social Security Disability attorney can help as you navigate the Social Security Administration’s complex disability claim application process.
Contact the South Carolina SSD application attorneys at Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., today for assistance with your SSD application. Call us now at (803) 435-8894 or use our online contact form for a free consultation.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability programs offer benefits for disabled people in a variety of situations:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides financial assistance to those who have worked in five of the previous 10 years but have become disabled to such an extent they can no longer work for a living.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides financial assistance to those who have a need because their disability makes them unable to join the workforce. SSI is available for disabled children and adults, and there are different requirements for each group.
- Disabled Widow’s and Widower’s Benefits provide financial assistance for widows or widowers who have become disabled within a certain length of time after their spouse’s death. Like SSDI applicants, widows and widowers must have worked in the past and contributed to the Social Security program to be eligible for benefits.
- Disabled Adult Child Benefits provide financial assistance to children who are disabled before they are 22 years old and whose parents are either deceased or receiving retirement or SSD benefits.
What all SSD benefits programs have in common is a demanding application and review process. Up to 70 percent of all claims are initially rejected. Even applicants whose disabilities and financial need seem obvious can receive the Social Security Administration’s “Notice of Disapproved Claim.”
Like many government programs, SSD programs have grown complex as regulators have worked to make sure they meet an unending variety of conditions and circumstances.
Consider this checklist from the Social Security Administration website outlining items necessary to complete the Internet Disability Benefits Application and the Disability Report:
- Dates of marriages and divorces
- Names and dates of birth of your minor children and your spouse
- Military service discharge information (Form DD 214) for all periods of active duty
- W-2 form (or your IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE if self-employed) from last year
- Checking or savings account number and bank routing number, if you want Direct Deposit for your benefit checks
- Name, address and phone number of someone we can contact who knows about your medical conditions and can help with your claim
- Names, addresses, phone numbers, patient ID numbers and dates of treatment for all doctors, hospitals and clinics
- Names of medicines you are taking and who prescribed them
- Names and dates of medical tests you have had and who sent you for them
- A list of the jobs (up to five) that you had in the 15 years before you became unable to work. Include the dates you worked at those jobs, if possible.
- Information about any insurance or workers’ compensation claims you filed, such as claim number and name, address and phone number of the insurance company.
At the end of the checklist, the SSA advises: “We may contact you for additional information after you submit your application and report.” After completing the two forms above, the applicant must complete the Authorization to Disclose Information form (SSA-827).
If your claim is turned down, you are free to appeal that decision. The assistance of an attorney who understands the SSA’s application and appeals process can make a real difference in the successful outcome of your SSD benefits claim. The Social Security Disability attorneys at Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., have decades of legal experience with SSA rules and regulations.
Our attorneys can help make sure that you have all the necessary materials for a complete and proper SSD benefits application. Our attorneys can review your medical treatment to ensure that it is appropriate for your disability. We can assist with your initial application and, if necessary, file for reconsideration and stand beside you throughout the appeals process. Land, Parker & Welch SSD / SSI attorneys have secured benefits for disabled clients throughout South Carolina.
Contact Our South Carolina Social Security Disability Application Lawyers Today
If you’re disabled and seeking Social Security Disability benefits, our South Carolina SSD application attorneys can help you navigate the confusing application process and/or help with appeals. Call Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., now at (803) 435-8894 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case.