Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Washington, DC?
Get the help you need from the start.
When you apply on your own for Social Security disability benefits, you're asked to provide many pages of answers and documentation. Even a minor mistake can jeopardize your chance of winning benefits, and you may not be able to correct your mistake later on. It's extremely important that any forms you receive are filled our accurately. Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates can help with that.
Social Security considers you disabled under their rules if:
- You cannot do work that you did before;
- They decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or will result in death.
Social Security pays only for total disability, not a partial disability. Learn more about what qualifies for disability.
Why do many people consider applying for benefits difficult?
Many people believe that if they simply explain their situation to Social Security, someone will understand and award them disability benefits. Unfortunately, that's not the way Social Security works.
Applying for Social Security disability benefits is a complicated legal process. You must prove you are "disabled" according to the Social Security Disability Program (SSDP) legal definition, and this involves a Five Step Process.
Why are most people who apply for benefits denied?
The Social Security disability system involves thousands of rules, regulations, and procedures. You can be denied benefits if your doctor doesn't know the legal definition of disability, or if a Social Security employee fails to obtain medical evidence on your behalf. You can also lose your case if an appeal is handled improperly. Learn more about how we can help you appeal your denied disability claim.
When applying, Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates will walk you through the initial application process by helping you...
- Gather proof that you're disabled and cannot maintain work for one year or more
- Organize your work history and obtain necessary records
- Obtain proper medical records to prove you meet the government definition of disability
- Apply as soon as possible. (There are time restrictions.)
By contacting Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates before you start applying, you'll vastly improve your chances of winning benefits the first time. Our staff has helped thousands of people apply for and win the benefits they deserve.
How likely are you to win benefits?
Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates offers a free evaluation of your disability case. Fill out the form below to learn more about winning Social Security disability benefits.