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Unable to Work: How to Navigate through the Frustrating Process of Filing for Social Security

You have always had plans of working well into old age, and you stuck with that goal for as long as you could. Although you wanted to continue with your job for a while longer, an unforeseen disability made this an unsustainable endeavor. Like many before you, you go to file for social security benefits only to find the process to be complicated and frustrating. The following are a few tips to help make the process of filing for social security benefits easier.

Get an Attorney

It is common for people who become disabled to think that all they have to do is apply for social security disability benefits, and they will be a shoo-in once everyone sees how disabled they are. It really does not work out that way. In fact, lawyers such as Todd East Attorney at Law, suggest that you should not gamble with your chance of success at getting social security.

Meeting the Required Work Quarters

If you have been disabled and are trying to get on SSDI, then you need to be sure that you have enough documented work quarters with the Social Security Administration (SSA) required to proceed with your case. If you do not have the required number of completed work quarters for your age group, then chances are your attempts at applying with SSDI will be cut short in failing to meet this primary requirement. However, you will want to read any SSA pamphlets you can on the process of applying for SSDI, because even if you do not have the necessary work quarters required, you may be covered under some special provision.

Proper Documentation

When it comes to developing a winning disability case to get social security benefits, you really must have all the right documentation in place. From having your disability properly documented during an accident to having proper medical documentation, everything has to be properly documented and ready to go before a court hearing with a judge.

Applying for social security benefits after a disability can be a frustrating process. Even though you are disabled and cannot work, you can expect that the process is long and drawn out for most people. But, if you are legitimately disabled, chances are that if you meet all the criteria for receiving benefits, you will eventually be able to collect the benefits you deserve. In fact, you might even qualify for back pay too.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her husky Snowball. You can find her on Twitter at @LizzieWeakley and on Facebook at

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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