SSDI and SSI Application Process
The process for obtaining SSDI or SSI benefits can be complex and time consuming. There are a number of steps that need to be completed and even a small mistake could create serious delays or result in the denial of your claim. Regardless of where you are in the process, it is good to know what to expect as your case moves forward.
The law firm of Bohm Kalish, APC is committed to helping you obtain the benefits you need. With offices in Costa Mesa and Honolulu, our lawyers represent clients throughout Hawaii and Southern California in the area of Social Security Disability law.
The following are the steps you can expect during the Social Security Process in California and Nationally.
Filing the initial SSDI or SSI application:
There are three (3) ways to apply for SSDI and SSI. A person can request an in-person application interview, a phone application interview or apply on-line (SSI applications cannot be done on-line). We help you make the first contact with SSA to set up your phone application interview. The first contact with SSA is critical because it allows us to determine whether you have any past or pending claims and it allows us to determine your eligibility for various SSA benefits. After your phone application interview your file is sent to a disability claims examiner who may send you a number of forms to complete. We can assist with completing these forms to ensure the best possible chance of success. Understand, however, that 66% of initial applications nationwide are denied.
Requesting a Reconsideration:
If your application is denied, do not give up. You have 60 days from the date of denial to Request a Reconsideration. We will timely file the Reconsideration documents for you. Reconsideration involves a new review of the original claim along with any new information provided. Reconsiderations are performed by a claims examiner other than the one who reviewed your initial application. The new claims examiner may send you forms to complete as well . We can help with these documents also.
Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge
If your Request for Reconsideration is denied, you have 60 days to Request a Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. We will timely file your Hearing Request documents for you. We will request your current medical records and update your hearing file for you. We will request reports from your medical providers that detail the limitations placed on you by your medical condition. Your testimony at the hearing is very important to your case and you must be able to articulate responses that accurately reflect the limits placed on you by your medical condition. We will meet with you by phone or in person to help you prepare for the hearing.
Please visit our Social Security Appeals page to learn more.
Call for a Free Consultation
Contact our an experienced social security attorney today to discuss your Social Security claim. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment evenings and weekends. You can reach us by phone at 866-712-8289 or via e-mail. We take all Social Security cases on a contingency basis which means that you don't pay a fee unless we recover benefits for you.