If you feel that you are unable to work, then you should file for Social Security Disability Benefits. You should apply for these benefits if you have been unable to work for at least 12 continuous months or your disability (inability to work) is expected to last at least 12 continuous months. In other words, you do not have to wait until you have been out of work for a year before you apply for benefits.
When you do apply, (either online, by telephone or at your local office) make sure that you provide Social Security with all of your information. Be truthful and do not exaggerate or minimize your disability. List all impairments that effect your ability to work, not just your main problem. Social Security will consider the effect of all of your impairments on your ability to work.
Try to provide Social Security with your medical records if possible. If you are unable to get these yourself, provide Social Security with the names and addresses of your physicians as they will try to request your medical records.
Cooperate fully with Social Security on completing all of their paperwork. Sometimes, Social Security will send you to a physician for an evaluation. Be sure to attend any of these evaluations.
If you are denied Social Security Disability benefits, and you disagree with that determination, then you should contact attorney Joseph M. Rooth, to find out what steps you need to take regarding an appeal. There are time limits associated with these appeals so it is important that you do not wait. One of the biggest mistakes that people make, is failing to appeal their denial. Do not give up. Going through this disability claim process is difficult and time consuming but if you really are not able to work, then you should continue on with these appeals.