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What you can expect when you file a disability claim

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Are you going to miss work due to an injury or illness suffered on the job? This can cause you quite a bit of stress, no matter how long you will be out of work. When you file a disability claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA) you should know what to expect. You don't want to run into any surprises.

You first must have your illness or injury properly diagnosed by a medical professional. This is vital to the claims process, as not having documentation will prevent you from moving any further with the possible claim. You must also make sure that the evidence provided by the doctor is done so correctly or else it could hurt your claim in the end.

When you decide to file the claim you can do so in one of two ways: in-person at your local Social Security office or online via the agency's website. It's best that you have a lawyer in mind when filing the claim in the event that you have any questions.

Once you file the claim, you will be scheduled for an interview with the agency. After the interview, the agency will then review your file, your application and any other information it has acquired about you. This is a waiting game for you and it can be a lengthy one. This could take up to six months to complete.

If your claim is denied you have the right to appeal the decision. This is best done with the help of an attorney. This can also be a lengthy process as the appeals process could go all the way to the federal appeals courts.

Are you preparing to file a disability claim with the SSA? If so, speaking with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney will help you understand your rights and what it is you can expect when you file a claim in Indianapolis.

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