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Applying for SSD in Iowa
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How Do You File for Disability in Iowa?
- You are able to file disability online, via telephone, or in person
- First, you should review the Adult Disability Checklist, which will help you gather the information needed for your application
- You will also need to gather information about yourself, your medical condition, and your work over the last 15 years
What Is the SSD Application Process?
The Social Security Administration uses a complicated process to determine eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. When a disability claim is evaluated by the SSA, a specific process is followed.
The SSA must determine that a claimant meets the requirements of each step of the process for the claim to move forward. Otherwise, the claim will be denied.
The steps in the process include:
- The Threshold: The first step is determining how long you have been out of work. An individual must be out of work or expected to be unable to work for at least 12 months to be eligible for benefits.
- Severe Impairment: The SSA will determine if the person has a severe medical impairment. Medical records are used to support the claim.
- Medical Conditions: The SSA has a list of medical conditions that is used to determine impairment. Many people do not meet these specific guidelines, although they are unable to work.
- Residual Function Capacity (RFC): During this stage of the process, the SSA will seek to determine if the person is able to perform the work that he or she has performed in the prior 15 years. The RFC is the ability of the individual to work, based on the medical impairments.
- Ability to Perform Other Work: If you are unable to perform your past work, the SSA will determine if you are able to perform other work.
When a claimant meets all the requirements of each step of this process, the SSA will award that person SSD or SSI benefits. However, if the SSA determines that the person does not meet the eligibility requirements of any stage of this process, the claim will be denied.
What Documents Do You Need to Apply for Social Security Disability?
You may be asked to present the following documentation in order to be considered for SSD:
- Birth certificate or other document proving birth
- Affirmation of U.S. citizenship (U.S. Passport) or lawful alien status if you were not born in the United States
- U.S. military discharge paper(s) from before 1968
- W-2 forms(s) and/or self-employment tax returns for past calendar year
- An Adult Disability Report that compiles greater details about your current illnesses, injuries or conditions, and your past work history
- Medical records, doctors' reports, or recent test results
- Proof of workers compensation benefits such as Award letters, pay stubs, or settlement agreements
Hugh is here to help you throughout the disability application process. Call us today to talk to an experienced SSD attorney for a consultation on how to apply for disability!
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The Social Security Administration’s standards are highly specific and the process of determining eligibility and applying for benefits can be complex. In fact, approximately 70 percent of claims for benefits are denied.
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