Getting Your Social Security Benefits

If you cannot work for any reason and believe you are disabled, you may be entitled to either Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits. The first step to accessing these benefits is applying for them.

Dealing with the Social Security Administration can often times be very difficult, frustrating and time consuming. Completing the application process alone can be a scary task.

The attorneys at Martay Law Office can help Social Security claimants keep track of the deadlines and paperwork here in Chicago, but their knowledge and experience will be most useful if and when you have a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (or ALJ). Below are the steps to work towards that point.

Social Security Disability

Where To Apply For Social Security Benefits

There are three different ways for you to file disability in Illinois:

  • Go to the nearest SSA office and fill out an application.
  • Call the SSA at 800-772-1213. A representative can help you file a claim over the phone or arrange an appointment for you to apply in person.
  • You can also go to www.ssa.gov and apply for benefits online.

What Is Right For You? Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

There are two types of disability benefits our office can help you obtain from the Social Security Administration.

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): This is available to those who are disabled and who have a work-history with the proper number of work credits.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): This is for disabled individuals who did not work enough to qualify for SSDI but still need help.

What If I Don't Get Approved?

If you apply for SSDI or SSI benefits, you should receive a written decision through the mail in roughly four months although it can be more or less time. If you are denied, the next step is to put in a request for reconsideration. You must fill out a Request For Reconsideration form and wait another few months. Unfortunately, the chances for success at the Reconsideration stage are very small.

Requesting A Hearing

The next level in the appeals process is to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. You must do this within 60 days of receipt of your decision from your Request for Reconsideration if you were denied again. If you get to this stage of the Social Security process, it is advisable to hire a lawyer with extensive experience in handling Social Security claims.

Contact Us Today To Discuss Your Appeals Process

Set up an appointment by calling 872-225-3443. We can also be reached by email.

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