5 Steps to Take when Filing a Social Security Disability Claim

Experienced Muskegon attorneys, Paul Ladas and Ken Hoopes, are helping to resolve legal issues such as Social Security Disability, personal injury, and estate planning.

If you're applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, don't stress. We make the process easy.


When you find yourself filing a Social Security Disability claim, there are a few important steps to keep in mind. To begin, let's answer the question "what is Social Security Disability?" This is a program that pays you benefits if you become disabled before reaching retirement age and are unable to work to make an income. This program is extremely helpful to those who may have had an unfortunate mishap early on but still need to make a living for themselves and their family. Follow these 5 tips and you'll be well on your way to obtaining your disability claim, and feeling stress-free in the process!

1. Check the status of your disability application

When filing for SSDI, be sure to check the status of your application regularly. When doing this, the amount of times you are able to check in on the claim depends upon the level of your claim (initial claim level, reconsideration appeal level, or disability hearing level). If your paperwork happens to get lost or your case gets denied, checking the status helps to ensure you know what's going on to avoid missing any important details.

2. Be honest

It's important to be 100% honest when it comes to filing and qualifying for Social Security Disability. If you underestimate or exaggerate the extent of your injuries, your application won't be correct, you won't be able to receive the appropriate disability claim, or you'll be denied altogether. It's a requirement for Social Security to consider every one of your impairments, so be sure to list all injuries you've suffered. Remember to be truthful when talking with your healthcare providers, Social Security Disability attorneys, and judges. Taking this step will only help you in the long run.

3. Provide all medical documents

At Ladas and Hoopes Law Offices, we make sure our clients have enough medical documentation to have a better chance of proving their disability. Including medical sources for specialists, such as neurologists or orthopedists, as well as having information from their primary care provider allows us to better represent our clients and get them on their way to obtaining disability insurance. Too much information is always better than not enough.

4. Don't miss appeal deadlines

It has been proven that the Social Security Administration denies a very high percentage of initial applications, which means if you're denied at the initial application level, you have 60 days to appeal to the next level. Unfortunately, if you miss a deadline you are forced to start from the beginning. It makes the process faster and easier if you make sure to stay up to date with times and deadlines. To make it easier, meet with a Social Security Disability attorney who can take over your case and handle the appeal.

5. Hire a Social Security Disability attorney

If you've applied for Social Security Disability benefits and find yourself getting denied over and over again, it's time to meet with and hire a Social Security Disability attorney. At Ladas and Hoopes Law Offices, we have experienced professionals who are ready and willing to meet with you and take on your case. The process can seem daunting, but obtaining an attorney and someone who can represent you well can make a world of difference.

Meet the Ladas & Hoopes Attorneys

Paul M Ladas is an attorney with Ladas and Hoopes Law Offices. Prior to this, he served for eight years as the Muskegon County Prosecutor. He practices Social Security Disability law, Wills, Probate, and Estates.

Ken Hoopes has been practicing law in Muskegon, Michigan for the last 20 years. He specializes in Social Security Disability, personal injury law, and estate planning.