Millions of Americans suffer from disability. Despite the growing number, plenty of disabled Arkansans can still earn a living.
Some disabilities, however, keep a person from earning enough to live on their own. Social Security disability is a government program for residents who cannot work for at least a year because of their disability. They get money every month until they are able to go back to work.
Reaping the benefits, however, needs more than just an application.
You Need a Lot of Paperwork
Applying for Social Security benefits for disability in Arkansas is a straightforward process. All you have to do is get through the paperwork.
You Can Apply Online or Go to a Field Office
Don’t forget your papers. You will need medical records, employment records, and the Adult Disability Report. Remember to submit the right forms to avoid delay due to oversight. A lawyer can help you file the claim to better your chances of an approval.
You Need to Wait
Once you apply, the waiting game begins. The process typically lasts until the sixth month — that is if you are lucky to get it right on the first try.
In case of denial, you may ask for a reconsideration review, which can take up to 16 weeks. If they deny your claim again, an appeal hearing is your next step. The next and last stage is the Appeals Council, and that may last up to three years.
Disability benefits make a big difference in the lives of disabled individuals incapable of working. Even with the help of a professional, it’s important to stay determined and wait patiently. Do not worry; the benefits will come sooner than you think.