Arkansas Social Security Disability Insurance Claims
When an individual suffers a severe injury or a debilitating illness, they may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. The purpose of disability benefits to help individuals that are unable to work maintain a quality of life. The U.S. Social Security Administration determines who is eligible to receive disability benefits and how much the payments will be.
According to the Disability Determination for Social Security Administration, Arkansas has the fourth highest percentage of its population on Social Security disability benefits. Each year, approximately 60,000 Arkansas residents apply for disability benefits. However, the majority of initial applications are denied by the Social Security office.
Applying for Disability Benefits
Individuals can apply for disability benefits online at the Social Security Administration’s website. They can also make an appointment to file for benefits at their local Social Security office or they can make an appointment to file for the claim over the phone. These appointments usually last an hour. Arkansas residents can file a claim at a Social Security office in any of the following cities:
- El Dorado
- Forrest City
- Ft. Smith
- Hot Springs
- Little Rock
- Mountain Home
- Pine Bluff
- West Memphis
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for Social Security benefits, fill out the form on this page.
Processing Your Disability Application
The U.S. Social Security Administration reports that it takes about three to five months to process an application. After the state agency determines if an individual is eligible for disability benefits, the applicant will receive a letter in the mail. If an application has been approved, the letter will state how much the individual will receive in monthly payments and when these payments will begin. If they deny the application, the letter will explain why the disability benefits were not approved.
Approximately 33 percent of all initial applications are denied by Social Security. We advise all individuals to speak with an attorney before filing their disability application. A skilled attorney will make sure that the paperwork is filled out correctly and that you have enough medical evidence to support your claim. A large number of applications are denied because they are filled out improperly.
Contact an Arkansas SSD Lawyer
Filing for disability benefits can be complex and confusing process for the applicant. About two-thirds of all initial applications are denied for various reasons. An application that is filled out incorrectly is one of the most common reasons for denied benefits. A knowledgeable attorney will make sure that the application is completed correctly and that you have adequate evidence to back up your disability claim. Having an experienced attorney filing on your behalf may increase your odds of receiving a favorable outcome for the claim.
To speak with an attorney about your application, fill out the form on the right.