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Proven Lawyers Assists with Applying for Disability Benefits in Phoenix

Accomplished firm represents claimants throughout Arizona

If you’re applying for disability benefits in Phoenix or anywhere in Arizona, The Law Office of Paul J. Dombeck PLLC can help. Although Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are different programs with distinct criteria for approval, both are administered by the federal government through the Social Security Administration. Therefore, even though the claims are reviewed under different criteria, the actual process for submitting a claim is basically the same for both programs. Claims for long-term disability are handled through private insurance companies and involve a different application process. Likewise, a separate system is administered by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to provide disability benefits to men and women who served in the military. Whatever type of application is appropriate in your case, our skillful attorneys will work diligently to assert your right to fair payment.

When should you apply for Social Security Disability?

Arizona residents who have worked regularly within the past 10 years should apply for SSDI benefits when they have suffered an injury or illness that will prevent them from working for at least 12 months. Initial reviews can be completed in about three months or take much longer, so prompt filing is important to start the process as quickly as possible. Our Phoenix disability attorneys prepare applications carefully to avert mistakes that might cause further delays. If benefits are awarded, they can begin in the sixth full month after the disability began. Should you be denied, an appeal must be filed within 60 days and the process will take several more months.

What information do you need to apply for Social Security Disability?

The initial applications for SSDI and SSI can be completed in person at a Social Security office, over the phone or online. We assist clients by helping them understand the complex rules governing these programs such as those requiring specific types of personal information, including:

  • Social Security number
  • Birth certificate information
  • Evidence of the applicant’s disability and medical condition including dates of doctor visits and contact information for the treating doctors

Applicants are also required to provide information on their work history, including a copy of their most recent W-2 tax form.

Complex issues that can impact your SSD application

Claimants whose specific injury or illness doesn’t fall within one of the common types of disability claims could face extra challenges when their initial application is reviewed. In these cases, we take particular care to detail our client’s medical condition and how it prevents them from performing substantial gainful activity. Whether your matter requires us to gather additional information, interpret complex records or represent you in a formal hearing, our firm is ready to strengthen your claim.

Appointing a representative to assist with your application

You have the right to appoint a representative who can handle your application and any necessary communications with the Social Security Administration by completing Form SSA-1696. We have years of experience with SSDI matters as well as other types of benefits that are available to qualifying individuals. Whether you need advice on the Supplemental Security Income program, help with filing claims for veteran’s disability payments or private long-term disability coverage, we are ready to pursue all of the benefits you’re entitled to.

Contact an Arizona disability lawyer for a free consultation about your initial claim

The Law Office of Paul J. Dombeck PLLC provides comprehensive assistance for clients who are filing initial applications for SSDI and SSI benefits. Please call 602-805-0577 or contact us online to make an appointment for a free initial consultation where you can learn about the claims process. Our office is located in Phoenix.