Making a successful claim
At Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C., we work hard to help you obtain the disability benefits you have earned. In order to maximize your chances of obtaining your rightful benefits, it is important that your application is complete and includes medical evidence to support your claim. If your application is denied for any reason, we diligently pursue your claim through strong appeals.
How to apply for disability benefits
The first step you must take to obtain disability benefits is to file an application with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Filing for Social Security disability benefits in Alabama and Florida is a fairly simple process. You may either:
- File in person at your local Social Security office
- Apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability
To find your nearest Social Security office, you may call 1-800-772-1213 or search online at www.socialsecurity.gov/locator.
Forms you must complete
When filing for disability benefits in Alabama or Florida, you must complete several required reports and documents either online or in person at your local Social Security office:
- Disability Benefit Application
- Adult Disability Report
- Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration (SSA Form-827)
What you need when filing your application
When filing for Social Security disability benefits in Florida or Alabama, it is important to be prepared by gathering together all the necessary documents and information, including:
- Dates of marriages and divorces
- Names and dates of birth of your minor children and spouse
- Active duty military service discharge information
- W-2 forms or IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE from last year
- Checking or savings account and bank routing numbers for direct deposit
- Contact information for someone who knows about your medical conditions and can help with your claim
- Medical records, including names, addresses, phone numbers, patient ID numbers and dates of treatment
- Prescription medication information and names of prescribing doctors
- Names and dates of medical tests and referring doctors
- A list of up to five jobs you had in the 15 years before you became unable to work, and the dates when you worked there
- Information about any insurance or workers’ compensation claims you filed
Because your disability must be eligible for the SSA to award benefits, they may send you to an additional medical examination if you do not have enough supporting medical evidence.
Filing an appeal if your claim is denied
Once you finish filing for disability benefits in Florida or Alabama, the SSA takes three to five months to make a decision on your claim. If your benefits are denied, Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C. offers complete assistance with appeals, representing you in hearings and each step of the process up to the Federal court.
Seek help today to obtain the disability benefits you need
From our offices in Pensacola and Mobile, Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C. is dedicated to helping the disabled and their families obtain disability benefits. If your benefits are denied, contact us online or call us toll free at 800.544.3568 to learn more about your options. First time consultations are free and there are no fees unless we win for you.