April 15, 2009
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Indiana
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to qualifying disabled people or to their family members of those that have a qualifying work history and have paid Social Security taxes. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children that have limited resources and income. SSI benefits are also available to adults over the age of 65 without disabilities who meet the financial limits established by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Indiana residents that become disabled should file an application for Social Security Disability Benefits with the SSA immediately. An application for SSDI and SSI can be filed online at SSA’s website, you can call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to set up an appointment, or visit your local Social Security Office to apply in person. It may take several weeks before a decision is made regarding your applications.
If approved, congratulations! On the other hand, if you receive a “Notice of Disapproved Claim” from the SSA, don’t become discouraged. Statistics show that the majority of all claims are denied at the initial application. Within 60 days from your denial, you must submit a request for reconsideration to the Social Security Administration. If your request for reconsideration is denied, you have 60 days from that denial to request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. It is important for you to stay within these deadlines or the SSA may force you to start the initial application process over again.
If you have questions regarding this process, contact Indianapolis Attorney Scott D. Lewis for more details. Scott focuses on representing Indiana area clients with their Social Security Disability claims after they have been denied. He will continue the appeals process with you and represent you at your scheduled hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. Scott will fight for what you and your family deserve.