The Initial Application for SSDI & SSI Benefits
The initial disability application for SSDI or SSI can take up to a year for approval, although most initial applications are decided upon within 3 to 6 months sometimes factors can extend the process. At Betz and Baril we do everything we can to keep your case moving and do everything we can to get your case approved.
Most initial applications – about 80% – are denied. Fortunately, if you prepare in advance and/or work with Betz and Baril your chances for success will improve at the initial level drastically. At Betz and Baril about 40% of our initial applications are approved for SSDI.
If the initial application is denied, there is the opportunity to continue with an appeals process (for instance, reconsideration and then a hearing) but those steps take even longer but are necessary in about 60% of cases. Winning at the initial application level is the fastest way to get benefits and is ideal, so it's important to do everything you can to win. We want our clients to get their money and we know they deserve it.
The Application Process
To file an application you will have to provide information about your education, medical conditions, treatment for those conditions and work history for the past 15 years. This information is captured on the following forms:
- SSA-16-BK, Application for Disability Insurance Benefits (for SSDI only)
- SSA-8000-BK, Application for Supplemental Security Income (for SSI only)
- SSA-3368-BK, Adult Disability Report
- SSA-827-BK, Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration
These forms are used to start the application process.
Another important document, for those who are seeking help with their application, is the Form SSA-1696.
Betz and Baril helps claimants is by handling the entire application process for you. We handle the forms, the filings, and the paperwork – all you have to do is talk to us on the phone and then sign the finished documents. We phrase everything the best way possible so that it is in a logical format for the decision maker to make a favorable decision in your case
More forms will come throughout the process. A couple of those forms are:
Betz and Baril will be able to help you with any form you receive from Social Security.
Be sure that you prepare to make the process go smoothly. The more prepared you are, the less time it will take. You can expect questions about the following subjects:
- Citizenship, birth and residency
- Work history for 15 years prior to your disability
- Details of hospitals, clinics and physicians
- Personal information: children, marriage, divorce, etc.
- Financial information: life insurance, bank accounts, stocks, 401Ks, etc.
Not having this information will complicate the process and will frustrate the applicant.
Information and Documentation About Your Medical Conditions
You will have to verify your disability with the appropriate documentation. For the medical facilities and professionals you have visited during the diagnosis and treatment of your medical conditions, you must have the names, phone numbers and the dates of your visits to each facility and with each doctor. This is required so the SSA can obtain your medical records and to if at all possible have your doctors fill out forms to determine your eligibility.
You will be required to provide details about the jobs you have held for the past 15 years (it does not matter the position or the type of work – the SSA will need to hear about all the jobs you've worked, and it's important that you be completely honest about your work history). Your employment history will help determine whether you qualify for SSI, SSDI or both. You must provide your job titles, descriptions of the work you did, and the places of employment. This is also important because the Social Security Administration will want to classify your work and can be crucial in your case if you are above 50 years old, generally.
The SSA will also need to learn about your marital and parental situations. If you are married with children, you may qualify for more monthly benefits rather than if you are single and without dependents.
Tips to Maximize Your Chance of SSDI Application Approval
The best way to increase your chances of your application being approved the first time is to speak with Betz and Baril. Don't wait, call 8! 865-888-8888. We have the knowledge and experience to make sure you have everything in place before your interview and the completion of your application. We will also make sure everything is completed as quickly as possible, will help you gather evidence to support your claim, and will follow up with the SSA with great frequency because we understand just how important these disability payments are to your quality of life. Getting our clients benefits is what we do! Call us!