Social Security Disability

The Social Security system provides a monthly disability check to certain individuals who have worked long enough under the Social Security system and are totally disabled as per the definition in the Social Security Act. The disability must last or be expected to last at least 12 months or to result in death.

The Social Security Act defines "disability" as "inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.





Question: Is there anything I can do to speed up my claim?

If you would like to schedule a initial consultation contact an Kansas social security disability attorney, representing clients in Garden City at McCullough, Wareheim & LaBunker, P.A. Give us a call at (785) 233-2362 or complete our inquiry form.


Yes, especially when you apply for benefits. When you apply for benefits, you should be prepared to provide them the names, addresses and phone numbers of all the doctors and hospitals that have treated you as well as a summary of all medication you are taking. If you can provide them a complete copy of your medical records that will speed things up. You should also be prepared to provide them your birth certificate. Finally, it would be of great benefit if you could provide them a letter from your primary treating physician that summarizes your diagnoses. The letter should state the specific physical or mental limitations that you suffer as a result of these conditions and a statement as to why the doctor believes you're unable to work. You must understand that such a statement from a doctor might only establish that you are disabled from certain types of work but that you are able to perform less physically or mentally demanding work. Remember, you must prove you're unable to perform all work. You may want a qualified attorney to evaluate any such letter before you submit it to the Social Security Administration. If the letter from the doctor provides a diagnosis and limitations that totally disable you, the letter should speed the process along.

Another way to speed things along is to appeal any denials promptly. If you are denied, you have 60 days to appeal. Obviously the sooner you file your appeal the sooner the matter will proceed through the system. More specific information regarding your appeal rights and the processes involved are provided later in this document.

On behalf of McCULLOUGH, WAREHEIM & LaBUNKER, P.A. we hope this material will be of benefit to you in answering your questions relative to social security disability. Contact one of our SSD claims lawyers representing clients in Garden City, Kansas (and throughout the State of Kansas) today to schedule a free consult on your file.

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