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What to Expect in the Disability Claims Process

Trying to obtain disability benefits from the Social Security Administration can be a frustrating and ultimately unsuccessful endeavor. It can also be very intimidating — especially when you don't understand exactly what you have to do or know what to expect.

At the Law Office of Jim McKown, you can find the answers and experienced legal help you need to make a successful claim. Our firm has dedicated its practice to disability claims. To speak with an attorney about your disability claim, free of charge — call us at or contact our Indiana benefits lawyer online. Someone from our office will get back to you shortly.

The disability claims process for both SSD and SSI is essentially the same. What follows is a basic description of some of the stages you may have to go through along the way.

1.) Getting your injury, illness or condition diagnosed. Without proper medical documentation, there is no point in filing a disability claim. Equally important is the way in which the medical evidence and doctors' reports are presented. With decades of litigation experience as a firm, and in dealing with the SSA, we know what evidence they're looking for and how to present it properly.

2.) Filing the initial claim. This can be done at your local Social Security office or online through the SSA's official website. You do not need a lawyer to prepare and file this claim. However, we are certainly available to answer any questions you may have about this initial claim process.

3.) The waiting stage. After the claim has been filed and you have had your interview, the Social Security Administration will begin reviewing your file. They will look at the medical records and evidence you've submitted. It is also possible that they may ask you to go see one of their own doctors for further evaluation. At some point, generally less than six months later, they will issue a determination that approves or denies benefits.

4.) The appeals process. If you are denied benefits (most people are at the initial claims stage) — you have the right to appeal that decision. Included in the appeals process may be administrative appeals (requests for reconsideration and ALJ hearings); an administrative review by the Appeals Council in Falls Church, Virginia; and last, taking your case to federal court, including federal appeals courts.

Contact Our Marion, IN, Disability Claims Attorney

For answers to other questions about either type of disability claim (SSD or SSI) — do not hesitate to call or contact our Marion disability claim lawyer to ask for a free consultation. In the Marion, Indiana, area you can reach us by phone at 765-293-7901. Elsewhere in Indiana, use our toll free number, .