How to File a Social Security Disability Application?

How to File a Social Security Disability Application?

You have three options for filing your social security disability application: online, on the phone, or at your local office. It’s up to you what method you use, but I’ll outline the pros and cons of each below.

If you choose to apply online, simply go to https://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/ and follow the instructions. Keep in mind that if you use this method, there will be no one there to help you. It’s all on you to get everything filled out. Also, the online method seems to take people longer than doing it over the phone or in person. Therefore, I generally recommend against filing online. However, this method has the convenience of not having to leave your house. If you have difficulty with fatigue, you can save your work and come back to it so it has some built in advantages.

Another method is to call Social Security’s toll free number and follow the menu options to file a social security disability application. The number is 1-800-772-1213. With this method you’ll eventually at least get a human being on the other end of the phone to help you if you get stuck with a question on the application. If Social Security needs any documents from you, you still might  have to go to your local office to drop off the documents and talking to someone on the phone can lack a personal touch.

The third method for filing a social security disability application is to go to your local office and file in person. You can find your local office by going to www.ssa.gov/locator. Enter your zipcode and the website will give you the address and telephone number for your local office. For some offices, this online tool just gives you the generic toll free number for social security I listed above. For other offices it actually gives you a local number. You can use this local number to schedule an appointment to file your application. You can also just show up in person to your local office and wait in line to file your application. If possible, you should probably call for an appointment, so you don’t spend hours down at your local office waiting your turn. If you do choose to go in person, you should pay attention to the hours. Local offices are open from 9:00 to 4:00 every weekday except Wednesday. On Wednesday they all close to the public at noon. Please do not show up on Wednesday at 1:00.

There are advantages and disadvantages to all three methods for filing for Social Security Disability. Personally, I like to look an actual human being in the eye when I do anything. People are kinder and more helpful when you are sitting directly across from them. However, it is up to you and all three methods will get the job done.

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Can I get Social Security Disability for my perthes disease?

Can I get Social Security Disability for my perthes disease?

Can I get Social Security Disability for my perthes disease?

Yes, you can. There are two ways to get Social Security Disability for your perthes disease. The first way is to show that you meet Social Security’s specific listing on perthes disease and the second way is to show that due to your physical restrictions there are no jobs available in the US economy which you would be able to do on a full time basis. I will discuss both methods of getting disability benefits for your perthes disease below. However, it’s worth noting that you’re more likely to win your case by showing there are no jobs available than by meeting a listing because the requirements of listings are often so exact that most people do not meet them.

Method 1 – Listing: The listing for perthes disease is located in the section on major dysfunction of a joint at listing 1.02. This listing is extremely specific and requires:

“Gross anatomical deformity (e.g., subluxation, contracture, bony or fibrous ankylosis, instability) and chronic joint pain and stiffness with signs of limitation of motion or other abnormal motion of the affected joint(s), and findings on appropriate medically acceptable imaging of joint space narrowing, bony destruction, or ankylosis of the affected joint(s). With:

A. Involvement of one major peripheral weight-bearing joint (i.e., hip, knee, or ankle), resulting in inability to ambulate effectively.”

Social Security defines the inability to ambulate effectively as an inability to walk without an assistive device that requires the use of both hands – like a walker or wheelchair. If you can walk with the use of a cane, you do not meet this listing above. Your perthes disease might cause severe pain, but if you do not have documentation by your doctor of all of the specific requirements in the listing, social security will not find you disabled based on the listing. People rarely win their cases based on the listing because it is difficult to document all of the findings listed above. It is not enough to have a few of the findings in the listing. You must have all of them in your medical treatment records or social security will not find you disabled based on the listing alone. All is not lost, however. You can still prove you are disabled due to your perthes disease by showing that your combination of symptoms would make you unemployable.

Method 2 – No Jobs You Can Do: You can get disability for your perthes disease if you show that the symptoms from your perthes disease along with any other health conditions you have would make you unemployable. Social Security will consider more than just your perthes disease. They will also consider all of your other health conditions in determining whether or not you can work. Social Security will look at things like how much you can lift or how long you can stand, walk, and sit in a day to determine if jobs are available that you  could do. Social Security will also look at whether you have to lie down during the day, take extra breaks or miss several days a month due to your medical conditions. Social Security will even look at your ability to concentrate and follow instructions due to you medical conditions. If your combination of limitations would make you unemployable, then you can get Social Security Disability due to your perthes disease.  Remember, SSA will find you disabled if your combined symptoms would keep from being able to do any job 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, week in and week out. 

What do you need to prove there are no jobs you could do?

In order to prove there are no jobs you could do, you need medical documentation from your doctors of all of your medical conditions. This means you need to make an effort to get regular treatment to document your condition over time. Further, it is helpful to get statements from your doctors on how your medical condition limits your ability to work. This can include a letter from the doctor or simply having your doctor fill out a questionnaire on your condition. Doctors often do not comment on your ability to work in their office notes because they’re focused on treating you rather than commenting on your ability work. It helps to ask your doctor’s opinion on your ability to work. Our firm often gives our clients questionnaires to take to treating physicians to document your symptoms and how they would limit your ability to work. We have developed questionnaires over time that ask the questions we have found are helpful in proving your case.

It can be overwhelming to try to prove that you are disabled. You have to collect medical records and submit them to social security and you have to get opinions from doctors that prove your inability to work. We can help you get all this information and improve your chances of getting social security disability benefits. If you would like help proving you are entitled to social security disability due to your perthes disease, feel free to call us for help.

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