Filing For Disability
If you or your loved one believe that you may be qualified to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, one of our trained representatives here at Muse Disability Services will be able to walk you through our simple phone evaluation process to determine whether or not this may be the case. We encourage you to reach out to us at your convenience to find out if you or your loved one is, in fact, a good candidate for receiving Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income. Once we have determined that you may indeed qualify, we will be happy to help you navigate the claims process in order to file for disability assistance.
The first step in the filing process will be to gather the needed paperwork to show the Social Security Administration whether or not you are currently employed. If you are currently employed, we will need to show sufficient evidence as to whether or not your work brings in income over the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level, which is a level set by the government each year.
If the Social Security Administration determines that you are working under this SGA income level, the next step will be to provide documentation of your mental or physical disability or impairment through medical records and testing. Our advocates and representatives here at Muse are experts at being able to identify and gather the most pertinent records from your medical history to support your case.
Your case of physical or mental impairment must meet certain standards in order to qualify for benefits according to the Social Security Administration. At this point in the process, documentation of the degree of your impairment must be supplied to the Social Security Administration in order to determine whether your disability level is under that specified in the “blue book” (now available on ssa.gov). Whether or not your condition meets this criteria, the following steps can still be taken that take into consideration your ability to execute work tasks.
A review of the preceding 15 years or your work life will be undertaken in order to determine if your disability allows you to perform at the SGA level, or any level at all. The concluding step in the filing process involves a consideration of all aspects of your history, physical and mental condition in order to determine your ability to work and provide for yourself at any level. If it determined that you cannot adequately provide for yourself, then your are qualified for disability benefits.