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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are unable to work because of a severe physical or mental disability, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Applying for benefits can be complicated, and the federal rules for determining disability and eligibility for benefits are strict. Our Kentucky Social Security Disability lawyers can help you navigate the process and improve your chances of having an application approved.

The Frank Jenkins Law Office is ready to stand by your side throughout the SSD application process. Let us handle the legal issues so you can focus on what’s most important – your health and your family. Our lawyers work with disability clients in Kentucky at any and all stages of the process. We can help you with your very first filing of a Social Security Disability claim. We’re also there for you if your claim is denied and must be appealed.

Let Our Experienced Attorneys Help You Get the SSD Benefits You Deserve 

Contact the experienced Kentucky Social Security Disability benefits lawyers today at the Frank Jenkins Law Office by calling us toll free at 859-389-9344 or by using our online contact form. Your initial consultation is free, and we don’t receive a fee until we successfully obtain SSD benefits for you.

We serve disabled workers in Lexington and the surrounding communities of Berea, Georgetown, Nicholasville, Paris, Richmond, Versailles and Winchester, as well as all of Eastern Kentucky.

Steps for Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits 

You can apply for SSDI benefits by submitting an application to your local Social Security Administration office, either online, in person or over the phone. The application includes the following forms:

  • Disability Benefit Application
  • Adult Disability Report
  • Authorization to Disclose Information form (SSA-827)

For a complete application, you’ll also need to gather documents such as:

  • Medical records, including dates of treatment or medical tests and doctor information
  • A listing of medicines you take
  • Work history before you became unable to work
  • Names and birthdates for your spouse and children
  • Marriage and divorce information

For the Social Security Administration, “disability” is based on your inability to work in any type of gainful employment. Proving you have a recognized disability isn’t easy. You’ll need solid medical evidence and documentation, as well as a thorough presentation of your claim. Our experienced Social Security Disability benefits lawyers can help you prepare your documents and make sure you have a thorough and complete application.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will check to make sure your application is complete and send it to Disability Determination Services (DDS). You may be required to undergo an additional medical exam. Disability specialists may contact your doctors to get more information on your disability.

DDS will make a recommendation to the SSA on whether you have a qualifying disability and are eligible for disability benefits. If you disagree with the decision from the SSA, you can begin the appeals process. You have the right to request a “reconsideration” to have a claim reviewed again. Consulting with an attorney could make the difference between an approval and further denials and lengthy delay.

For more than 20 years, the Frank Jenkins Law Office has been helping disabled individuals obtain the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve. Our attorneys, based in Lexington, Kentucky, guide disabled workers through the complex rules and government red tape. Our free book, Seven Costly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim – And How to Avoid Making Them, will help answer your questions about SSD benefits – including eligibility, the legal process for obtaining benefits and approximately how long your claim will take. Contact us today to get your free copy of the book, with no strings attached.

Contact Our Kentucky Disability Lawyers about Your Legal Rights

Your next step should be to contact us for a free case evaluation. If you or a loved one needs legal assistance with a disability claim, or if you have questions about appealing a denied claim, contact a Kentucky Social Security Disability lawyer today at 859-389-9344 or use our online contact form.

We can help you, whether you are just starting the process of pursuing your claim or appealing a denial of your claim.